Seeds Of Purest Gold
Read Mark Chapter 4
Mk 4:13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
What are we going to do with the seeds of truth which have been sown in our hearts? Every man must decide what he does with the gospel that has reached his ears. Spiritual truth can be a powerful force in a man’s life if handled properly. Each person who hears the gospel has been given the same seed of truth. In the parable, there is no difference between the seeds. They were the same quality no matter what kind of soil they fell into from the sower’s hands. For the purposes of this study, we will assume that each of us have done somewhat better with the seed we received than those in the first few examples of this parable. But first, let’s explore some of the ways that mankind in general deals with the truth from God’s word.
Here are some of the wrong choices that man makes as he hears the word of God. That precious gift, more valuable than anything else he will ever encounter in his life, is more often than not treated with disdain or is ignored. If a man does not recognize its value, or does not take proper care of it,
- Satan can take the truth away from the hearer when that man gives the enemy room in his heart and mind.
- A man can lose faith if he doesn’t feed and exercise it, as noted by the ones who “have no root.” Spiritual roots grow as a man learns more and applies what he learns to his life.
- Faith can wane if he allows the cares, worries, and desires of this world to take his mind off Christ.
Every bit of truth learned must be treated as a prized possession. If a man does that, he will not fall into the traps which these three examples warn us against.
As this might apply to the SSA man, here are some of the truths you and I must cling to which can make a difference in gaining our freedom from homosexuality. Please feel free to add some of your own.
- Homosexuality is not okay with God. It is a sin. The temptations or desires are not sin, but the lusts and consequential actions are. Clinging to this truth is absolutely necessary. There is no freedom when slavery to sin is held on to as though it were a man’s lifeline.
- God’s promises are true. When He says that the truth will set us free, we can take it to the bank. It matters not whether we can see it, or if the freedom is delayed, or if we ever see it in this life. Freedom is ours, simple as that.
- Perseverance is important. We see the call to perseverance throughout His word. We also see the results which ensue when men do not persevere. King Solomon is a good Old Testament example. Some of the companions of Paul are examples in the New Testament. We see examples first-hand among our friends who have wandered away from God.
As we continue to study God’s word, learning truths and reminding ourselves of old truths, let us view them in a new light. They are precious jewels, more valuable than gold, more desirable than power, wealth, or fame. The word of God, which leads us to believe in Christ and to worship and obey Him, is indeed our most prized possession.
Prayer: Give us fresh insight into the value of Your word, Your instruction. Help us cling to the truth with a tenacity which outshines any worldly example. Your “seed” is a precious gift from Your hand.