Pay attention to the tension in your body. Let go of it and any expectations to do anything other than God’s will today. Prepare yourself to hear God’s word.
Mark 4 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. 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, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
The parables in Mark 4 are all teaching about faith and being able to share your faith story. The Parable of the Sower is about hearing the word, accepting it and sharing it.
Close your eyes and reflect on the Parable of the Sower again.
It is important to have faith and it is equally important to be able to share that faith. However, most Christians are not comfortable with the “old time evangelism” where specific steps are shared to lead someone to Christ. This is why writing and sharing our faith stories has become more common these days. It is a genuine way to share in a personal way what is true for them.
Spend some time in prayer and reflection praying you will be granted insight from God. Then reflect on your faith journey. What was your first exposure to Christ and the gospel? When did you recognize and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? How has your life changed along the journey?
O God, I am so grateful for being given the “code” so I can open and understand your word. Give me courage and strength to share my story when the opportunity arises. Allow me to share confidently and speak genuinely of your grace and mercy in my life. Give me a peace of mind knowing that you will place people in my path who need to hear your good word. Help me to share with them what they need to hear so they too can come to know you better. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Go with God!