Pulpit Reflections by Stewart Lozensky Seventh Day Adventist Church As you drive through the countryside it is very apparent that seedtime is here. The farmers have put in the corn and are working to get in the beans. The soil has been carefully prepared in an effort to garner in the highest possible yields this fall.
It was at seed time when Jesus spoke the parable of the sower in a day when proper field preparation and correct pest and weed control was not available. One part of the parable grabs at my attention. He said that "some of the seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns sprang up and choked them." Mat 13:7
Of course Jesus wasn't really talking about corn or beans. He was speaking about the word and about himself. Later in verse 22, he explains his point. He tells us that "He that receives seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitulness of riches, choke the Word and he becometh unfruitful.
"You see it becomes unfruitful because the Word eventually dies within us; crowded out by the cares of this life. It is very popular today to be a Christian but are we really Christians; or are we people who want the eternal reward that shall fall to the Christian, but we really don't want to put Jesus first in all aspects of our lives?
The race for money and success, for things and for earthly prosperity, is choking Jesus out of our lives. We run from our jobs, to our hobbies, to our sports and other activities. We barely take time to pray before we eat let alone have morning and evening devotions. We care too much about what others think about us rather than what the Word thinks for the Word is Jesus.
John starts out his gospel by clarifying that "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh and dwealt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-3 and verse 14.
Today as we think about our daily lives we need to realize that we need some weed control within. It is sad but true that Jesus is choking within us. Let us all be as careful about our walk with Jesus as the farmer is in preparing the soil.
If we truly want to be part of the future harvest we must allow the seed (the Word) to grow and to mature within us.