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Jesus the Entertainer?

Series: Dirt | Week 1: Faint-Hearted

Day Two Read Luke 8:4-8
”One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: ‘A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!’ When he had said this, he called out, ‘Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.’” Luke 8:4-8 (NLT)

Discover
1. Why do you think large crowds gathered around Jesus?
2. Instead of entertaining the crowds, what does Jesus do?
3. After telling the parable, what two things does Jesus say the people should do?

Respond
Although many people followed Jesus for the entertainment factor – miraculous healings, feeding large crowds, raising people from the dead – Jesus did not come to entertain. Spend a few minutes now considering the type of heart you bring to Jesus when you meet with Him. Is it one that always seeks to have your own needs met or one that seeks to simply know Him better? It’s okay to ask Him to build a desire to know Him better within you! Take some time to do that now.

For Further Reading: How to Ignite Your Desire for God
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For Families with Kids at Home
While we may not always know it, the kind of postures we bring to God (ones that seek to have our own needs met or ones that seek to know Him better) pass along to our kids. As parents, we are the primary spiritual influences in our kids' lives. Today, be mindful of the ways that your posture towards God influences the ways your kids see Him, too.

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