11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is The Word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away The Word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are ones who receive The Word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among the thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear The Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
It’s easy to hear The Word and think, “that’s nice.” However, we cannot expect change in our lives and blessings to abound unless we walk in The Word. We must not only hear The Word, we must retain it and persevere in it in order to expect favorable results to take place.
Steve Adams of Saddleback Church coined the phrase: “Action requires traction, but the enemy brings distraction.” We cannot just believe…we cannot just simply say what we believe…we must take genuine steps to move forward in His plan for us. The enemy will do handstands and jumping jacks to pull us away from God’s beautiful path for our lives. The interesting part is that the distractions are not necessarily bad things. Wisdom is being able to discern the difference between what is good and what is best. Meditating on The Word provides life’s instruction for determining what is good, better, and best.
I would say that many of us fall in the category of what is represented in verse 14. Most of us have taken the steps of faith to pursue the Lord for salvation and have done our best to attempt to live a life to reflect His nature. Walking in The Spirit requires not only sacrificing “self” but maintaining a consistent and disciplined walk to be able to mature in our faith. So many are complacent to drink milk like babies, but God desires for us to feed on solid food and ingest all He has for us. That’s not possible if His Word doesn’t take root, or we allow the world to take precedent over our focus on Him.
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” (Mac Anderson}
Guide our steps along the path you have designed for us. Help us to resist the distractions that bombard us each day. When we keep our eyes on You, we are able to rest in the confidence that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Forgive us for believing the lies of the enemy. Give us strength and self-control to choose Your way of Glory.
In Your Precious Name