Like A Tree
Mark 4:5-6 (ESV) Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.
Mark 4:16-17 (ESV) And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
Once upon a time there was a young girl, fresh out of high school, loving and serving the Lord. She decided to go into the Air Force because being a very shy and introverted person, she knew she wouldn’t have to ask anything – they would just accept her.
She packed what they told her and headed out for what she believed was the path God had laid before her. After arriving at San Antonio for basic training, she was confronted by the TI (technical instructor) concerning the items in her luggage. You see – she didn’t need everything she had brought. Just like the other girls all the excess stuff was going into storage until basic had been completed.
In her belongings was her Bible. The TI picked it up from among her items and asked her point-blank – “You don’t need this, do you?”. Sadly, because of fear and her own self-esteem issues she told him no. Placed in the pile of ‘don’t need’ stuff, the Bible was placed into storage. That one small act led to many years of rebellion against God and His word for this young lady.
How do I know? Because that young girl was me. I know and do understand that – persecution – as that word is meant was not what happened to me and I would not compare that situation with what many Christians all over the world are going through. Yet there are times in everyone’s walk with Jesus where questions are asked…disparaging remarks made. Things that can make a person who is not strong in the Lord uncomfortable and unsure.
Our strength in Christ depends on how rooted we are in His word. It depends on what kind of relationship we have with Him. It depends on the type of ‘soil’ we allow God’s word to be planted in.
My prayer is that I am so strongly rooted in His word that I never deny Him…that my relationship (my soil) with Jesus grows each and every day…that I can encourage others to ‘root’ themselves in the love of Christ. How about you?