by Sal Huckel
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Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain (Mark 4:7,8a).
Read Mark 4:1–20
I recently heard about someone who was daunted to read the Bible and didn’t know where to start. Perhaps sometimes we feel unqualified to read and understand God’s word, which is, of course, freely available to us in Australia and New Zealand – on our shelves and online. Or perhaps we don’t feel daunted so much as preoccupied by many things. We may not even notice that we are being distracted away from God’s word. Some of these thoughts and distractions could be considered the weeds that grow around the plants, choking them.
If you’re a person who enjoys these devotions but doesn’t know where to start in the Bible for your own personal reading, let this parable encourage you. We can hear the words and teachings of Jesus right here. He tells a story and explains it!
Sometimes, we are encouraged to consider which type of soil we are. I also like to think we are gardeners, flinging about seeds and letting God judge the soil and the types of plants that spring up. Where do you place yourself today?
Perhaps we are all, at times, the plants themselves that are springing up but are at the risk of being dwarfed or strangled by weeds. Let’s do some weeding today! If God’s word is the seed, what’s stopping it from bearing more fruit in your garden?
Lord God, thank you for the privilege of your word, available to me, to enable me to grow and bear fruit in your kingdom. Help me identify the weeds that stop me from reaching the potential growth you want for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they live in Victoria with their six children. Music, theology, literature and languages are passions the family share and explore together. Sal loves writing, speaking, and walking to the beach at every opportunity.