“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
There are few things more satisfying to a gardener than to plant the summer annuals and to be rewarded with masses of vibrantly colourful blooms. I have one particular bed which is doing just the opposite. The seedlings have limped along, hardly growing, and produced only the occasional flower. A recent addition of fertiliser has resulted in a small spurt but has not made a significant difference. The soil is just not right.
When God sows the seed of His light, life and love into the soil of our lives it needs to be nurtured. The quality of its acceptance and its living conditions are important if it is to thrive and blossom. We need to,
• Recognise it – as Almighty God’s communication to us, individually and together.
• Cherish it – to protect it from getting lost
• Feed it – with the water of our thoughts and prayers
• Support it – as it grows within us
• Give it space – to spread and grow in us
• Feed on it – its beauty and importance
• Absorb it – into our lives and living.
• Depend upon it – for our guidance and values
• Share it – with others.
God’s Word is incredibly powerful. However its true power to transform, nourish and enliven our lives is affected by the way in which we receive, nurture and relate to it.
Read it – Pray it – Learn it – Live it
Father we know that “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3) Help us please to feed on every word that You have given to us, including the Living Word of Jesus Christ Himself. Amen.