Daily Archives: January 28, 2018
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Parable of the Sower
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
Most Valuable Treasure | Marianne Toovey
Jesus shares two short parables illustrating the value of the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s so valuable that when discovered, the finders are filled with joy and immediately sell off all their possessions so that they’ll be able to possess this treasure instead.
The Kingdom of Heaven is mine. I already possess this treasure. But I’m afraid I rarely treat it with the same regard as the two people in Jesus’ parables. Instead of being willing to get rid of everything I have just for the opportunity to share in the treasure, I find myself on the hunt for more. More to do. More to have. Just more. Just distractions. I don’t treat my gift of salvation as though it alone is enough for me. But it really is everything I need, should be all I want. Just like it says in John 3:30, He must become greater and greater while I must become less and less. It’s time for me to focus on what’s truly of value. What really matters. Despite my best efforts, it has never been about me; it’s always about Him.
I’m sorry I haven’t treated Your precious gift with the respect it deserves. Help me never to lose sight of its value again. Continue to work on growing my Focus throughout the year so that all I see is You. You’re all I need. You must become greater, and I must become less. I need the strength to accept this, and the discipline to act on it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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