Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Finding the zeal of a new believer!

Matthew 13:1-9
13 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.”
Do you remember when you were first introduced to Christ?

Do you remember that unquenchable thirst for God's word, or endlessly seeking God's presence in your life?

See if any of this sounds familiar, you start out reading your Bible everyday, you set aside time to pray in the morning and at night before you go to sleep, you attend church on Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, and some times on Sunday evening.
Some will read this and may have continued with their commitment of study and prayer, yet others will look closer at their lives and ask have I been seeking God as much as He is seeking me.

I bring up this subject, as all of us no matter who is reading have gone through this exact scenario. We start out our Christian walk focused on God and His grace and time constraints and the distractions of the world take us away from what God has planned for us. Pardon the following analogy but I can think of no better way to compare.

Remember in Toy Story when Andy got Buzz Lightyear for his birthday and all of the other toys were giving Woody a hard time about being pushed aside. I feel in our Christian walk with what the world throws at us, we do the same thing with God.
We have this loving God who has nothing but the best planned for us, then something else comes in and steals our time and attention. It is not God who suffers from this distraction, although I feel it pains Him to see His children running from His great plans, but we do as we lose our focus on what is important, our relationship with God.

The question is how do we find the zeal for God that we had as new believers in Christ and not become the seed that was spread among the thorns?

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