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Series: Dirt | Week 1: Faint-Hearted
Day Five Read Luke 8:4-15”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.’ His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He replied, 'You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: “When they look, they won’t really see. When they hear, they won’t understand.” 'This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.'“ Luke 8:4-15 (NLT)RespondTake some time to read through the whole parable a few times, slowly, for comprehension. As we study this passage over the next few weeks, ask God to open your eyes, ears, and heart to truly understand everything He wants to reveal to you in it. Ask Him to give you an attentive and curious spirit and to teach you new things about Himself that maybe you didn’t know before. Most importantly, pray that you would encounter Jesus, grow in your love for Him, and be transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you.For Further Reading: How to Listen to God*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all For Further Reading/Learning sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool. For Families with Kids at HomeAs you read this parable and as we study this the next few weeks, ask God to give you an open mind and heart on the state of your family’s soil right now. Pray for each member of your family and that God would do a new work in their hearts over these next few weeks.