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The Parable of the Sower: Parables Series, Week 8

Linnea White

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When taking a first look at the Parable of the Sower, it is easy to look at the soils and quickly point fingers at people whom we feel could fall into these categories. Let me start by saying this: Jesus did not teach on this to point fingers, and it is not why I am touching on this either. Jesus taught this parable to have us each take a deeper look into our lives and to open up our ears to truly hear what he is saying. I think some people may have experienced multiple types of soil in their life, while for others that may not be the case. However, what is important is that you understand the value in where your seed is placed. I personally think that this parable must be important considering it appears in Matthew 13:3-9, Mark 4:2-9 and Luke 8:11-15.

Jesus used four different scenarios to get this point across.

1. The seed fell among rocky places. The birds ate the seed up quickly. Seeds are not planted in this person’s life. They “listen” to the truth of Jesus without allowing and accepting Jesus. The hard ground the seed is on doesn’t allow the seed to grow. This happens when someone is engulfed in deeply-rooted sin and allows the sin to take over.
2. The seed was placed in rocky places without much soil. The seed sprang up quickly, but later was scorched by the sun due to the lack of a root. Seeds are placed in this person’s life, and they take in some of the truth about who Jesus is and profess they know him. However, because there is no depth, their heart has not changed and their faith disappears.
3. The seed fell among the thorns. The plant grew but was killed by the thorns.

 

This person appears to have received the truth of Jesus, but sin (i.e. sexual sin, greed, lust, etc.) distracts and takes them away from a life with Jesus.
4. The seed fell on good soil. The seed produced crop that multiplied. The person HEARS AND RECEIVES THE WORD OF GOD and their life is for Jesus. This person will have heart and life change and are living vessels for Jesus.

Jesus also cautions us to beware of false prophets in Matthew 7:15-20:

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them… Likewise, good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit… Thus by their fruit you will recognize them."

Here, Jesus explains how a man’s heart must be in ample condition to receive His word.

I challenge you to take time to reflect on your life. If your soil is not in the correct condition to receive the goodness of Jesus, God can till it. He tells us to turn away from sin and He will be there with open arms. I pray that if something is holding you back, or if you are bluntly living in opposition of what you know is right, God will break down those walls and barriers. No matter how big the issue seems or how hard your situation is, it takes the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains with Jesus.

Be blessed, Megan

Read more from this Darling Devotional series on The Parables.

The Parables, Week 4: Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

Linnea White

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Luke 7:36-41

One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him." Jesus said to him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Oh? Tell me." "Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?"

Simon answered, "I suppose the one who was forgiven the most."

"That’s right," said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, "Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal." Then he spoke to her: "I forgive your sins." That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: "Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!" He ignored them and said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

The woman, who most presume to be Mary Magdalene, was filled with a reputation - she was covered in sin. However, she understood her need for Jesus, her need for His grace and forgiveness. Her desire for His forgiveness and for her to be made new in Jesus is what sets her apart. Jesus saw this and recognized her desire to be made clean through Him. He did not push her away and she did not have to be made clean before he welcomed her.

This is something to emphasize, to remember. Many people believe that they are too covered in their messes for Jesus to want them. This is so far from true! Jesus wants you just as you are. When you come to Him understanding the depth of your sin, admitting that you need Jesus, that is when you begin to comprehend the goodness of the love of Jesus and what He has has done for you. Jesus explains to Simon that someone who has sinned much understands the reality of all that He has done by canceling their debts. That is exactly what Jesus did when He laid His life down on the cross. He paid our debts so that we could be made free in Him and Him alone.

To be honest, this scripture is my favorite. I have it tattooed on my right forearm. The beautiful exchange between Mary and Jesus is something that leaves me breathless. How grateful are we to be so deeply loved by our King that He does not define us by our shortcomings, but sees us as His beloved.

Friends, sit in His presence and take a minute to think about the reality of the cross. With open hearts, thank your Father for sending His Son and thank Jesus for dying so that you can have life and life abundantly.

I pray you have a week that is filled with joy and gratitude.

Be Blessed, Meg

The Parables, Week 3: Wise & Foolish Builders

Linnea White

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[The Parables] The Wise and Foolish Builders

Luke 6:46-49

"Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

This week, we dive into how our actions reveal our hearts, our faith, and our trust in the Lord. This parable appears in both Matthew (7:24-27) and Luke, but the truth Jesus shares remains the same: Stand on solid rock [have faith in Christ Jesus alone] and your house will not crumble [you will not be shaken] by the storm [the attacks from the enemy].

Practice what you preach. It's an overused phrase, sure, but it speaks volumes to the heart of what faith is. In Luke 6, after choosing the twelve apostles, Jesus gives a sermon filled with rich wisdom, including the parable of The Wise and Foolish Builders. This parable describes two groups - the people who practice [live out] the word of Christ and those who don't walk the talk. Their actions - wise, sound choices vs. foolish, irrational choices - reveal where their faith lies.

Let's face it. We all experience storms in life, floods and rains and winds that threaten to shake our foundation. It could be financial or relational, mourning a loss of friendship, a job, a home, or a life. These worldly afflictions, these attacks from the enemy have no power over those founded, rooted in Jesus. In this parable, Jesus is comparing His Word to a rock, a steadfast foundation. And those foolishly building their house on "ground without a foundation" are crushed under the weight of the storm.

My dad taught his own version of this parable when I was a little girl. At the beach, I loved to build sand castles, and, of course, my older siblings and I always built our castles right by the water. I remember crying when the water erased any trace of my hard work, only to have my dad sit me down and gently tell me, "Come up the beach a little bit, away from the waves, and let's find a better foundation for your castle."

I like to imagine God holding my hand, guiding me to solid ground, to the rock of Christ Jesus. There He places me, there He teaches me, and it's on that rock I must stand - always.

Photo by Linnea WhiteIt's simple, really. Practice what you believe. Live out the faith you proclaim. Rebuke the lies and attacks from the enemy with the authority you have in Christ Jesus. Stand strong. Do not be disheartened by the rains, the winds, the flood waters of this world. He is our rock, and when we place our faith in anything but Him, we crumble to pieces in the sinking sand. Don't crumble when the enemy throws storms your way, but stand on the solid rock, and His truth, love, grace, mercy, and hope will prevail.

Stand on the Solid Rock, darlings. Anchored in Christ, we are not shaken.

xo, Linnea

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The Parables, Week 2: Salt & Light

Linnea White

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[The Parables] Salt & Light

Matthew 5:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."

Salt prevents food from going bad and decaying. Salt is used as a preservative, but if salt loses the its saltiness, then it is no longer effective - it cannot preserve as it should.

Now let's replace salt with Christians or Christ followers and food with the world. Christ followers prevent the world from going bad and decaying (spiritually). Christ followers are used to preserve (morality); however, if Christ followers lose their morality, then they are no longer effective - they cannot preserve the world from spiritual decay.

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

You, Christ followers, are a light to the world.

A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus’ word gives light. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

Disciples or followers of Christ have this light inside of them. It is visible and powerful, because it is the light of truth found only in Jesus. As followers of Christ, this light should be radiantly shining, so that others will see it and know there is something different about us. The word of God, the light and the hope of Jesus cannot be hidden!

With all of the current events happening in the world, it seems as though we are in the midst of constant sorrow and deprivation. That is because the light of Jesus needs to be shining on the hills. Friends, the enemy wants us to be fearful. But God does not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). We were made for such a time as this to be salt and light. To be set apart from the world, to preserve morality, to share the gospel, to shine with the love and hope of Jesus, to be a city on a hill!

Sharing the hope and good news of Jesus is essential. It is what God calls us to do. Because, no one puts a lamp under a bowl! Remember that light always outshines darkness! Be encouraged friends, for we know how the story ends. 

Jesus has risen. God has won. His goodness prevails - always. Go and be salt and light in this world.

xo, Meg

The Parables, Week 1: Old and New Wineskins

Linnea White

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[The Parables] Old and New Wineskins

Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:21, Luke 5:26

Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

At the time that Jesus walked the earth, He was typically put on the spot by the Pharisees. They questioned and tried Him for what He was doing and saying. Jesus was counterculture.

This the passage above, Jesus explains three main points to John's disciples when they ask Him why His disciples are doing things differently than the ritualistic Jewish tradition that had been happening for centuries.

In the first point Jesus makes He explains His time on earth in the sense of a marriage celebration. Jesus basically says to them, "would the friends of the bridegroom fast and mourn while they were also partaking in wedding festivities?!" The obvious response is "no, they would be celebrating with the bridegroom." Jesus, was telling them that His disciples should be joyful and celebrate that they get to spend time with Jesus, because soon He would no longer be there in flesh, and thus they would fast. They should celebrate because He is the King, the Messiah, the answer to the prophecies, the new hope for the world!

The second and third point Jesus makes go hand-in-hand. Jesus explains that putting new garment on an old cloth would be something that logically wouldn't take place. It would be pointless, because it would ruin both the garment and the new cloth. Same goes for putting new wine in an old wineskin. The wineskin would break and it would lose the wine and break the wine sack. The old that Jesus is talking about here is the Jewish law that the Pharisees were so clearly practicing. He is emphasizing that placing the new covenant in Him inside the parameters of the Pharisees religiosity would be a disaster. The new covenant made by Jesus and the freedom in Him had no place with the self-righteous doctrine that the Pharisees were practicing.  

BAM. Jesus made it clear He was making ALL THINGS NEW. Breaking barriers that were keeping His people from God. So, what does this mean? It means living a self-righteous life is like putting a new Christ covered self inside an old religious ritualistic wineskin. It is bound to break and cause a big mess!  Because, you cannot be self righteous and be walking in the footsteps of the Messiah.

Friends, I pray that you live a life in full freedom in Christ. Knowing that He loves you, He died for you, and was raised from the dead so that you would walk in His footsteps!

xo, Meg