Lea Mark 4
In today’s reading:
The parables of Jesus; the storm is called; the legion of demons is cast into the abyss; Jairo’s daughter is resurrected
J esucristo described in a parable four types of responses from those who hear His Word, saying, “Hear ye: Behold, the sower went forth to sow; and as we sowed, some of it fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and ate it ” (Mark 4: 1-4). This means that there are people who only respond to the gospel with a great indifference that destroys them. They represent listeners who express no interest in spiritual values but are well interested in the pleasures and satisfaction of their own desires. They hear the Word of God, “but after they hear it, Satan immediately comes and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts” (4:15).
Other people who hear His Word are like the seed that “fell on rocky ground” (4: 5). At first they seem to receive it, but very soon they lose interest. These are likewise. . . those who when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with joy; but they have no root in themselves, but are of short duration, because when tribulation or persecution comes because of the Word, then they stumble ” (4: 16-17). The «rocky»they mean a place with solid stones underneath and very little depth of earth on top. These “converts” seem to be full of life and with a great future; but when they are confronted by a lifestyle that is not consistent with the life of the believer, or some persecution comes for having followed the Word of God, they immediately flee.
Other “converts” are like the seeds “that were sown among thorns. . . who hear the Word, but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, enter and choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful ” (4: 18-19). Such people seem to recognize the true value of walking with Christ and eternal life, but they have never been able to separate themselves from the sins of the past. When the things of the world that stop a person from dedicating himself to Christ are not ripped away, they gradually take control of his heart and spiritual interests are run over.
But a more serious group of people who hear the Word of God well are like the seeds “that were sown in good soil: those who hear the Word and receive it, and bear fruit thirty, sixty, and one hundred percent” ( 4:20). By faith, they learn to break down their “rocky” places, removing everything that hinders their spiritual growth. They know how to root out the weeds and thorns of false motivation, and they bear much fruit. Jesus has said to all of us: «I am the vine, you are the branches; He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing ” (John 15: 5).
Thought for today:It is not “what owns” a person that is important, but more important is “who owns him.”
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalm 139: 7-8