Friday, April 26, 2013

Finding the zeal of a new beliver!

Last week we looked at the ways that as a new believer the world around you can choke or distract you and steal you away from what is important, God's will and plan for your life. This week we are going back to the parable of the sower to look at another way the zeal of a new believer gets stolen away.

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.”

The sower sowed seed and it fell on rocky ground where it did not have much soil. You see this is the new believer, who in most cases tries going it alone. He may be a person that was never taught about God growing up, so his family may not be supportive of his new found faith. When they first hear the Word of Christ they go at it with both barrels but the heat of their un-supportive friends and family get the best of them and their faith wilts from the heat and pressure.

As Christians we need the fellowship and support of other believers to help us stay strong when the trials come our way. It is good for us to both encourage, and be encouraged as we grow in our relationship with God.

This week if you are in stony ground reach out to someone for support, and if you are grounded be that support.

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