My last post was on Colossians 2:6 : As you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him.
I couldn't stop thinking about how we are told to be rooted in Him. It made me think about the parable of the sower:
Matthew 13:6 says: Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn't put down roots, 6 so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. "Later in Matthew 13:20-21 it says: "The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. 21 But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. "(MSG)
This parable and the verse from Colossians are so intertwined.
Just like we compared "receiving Christ as Lord" to receiving a gift, the seed is received in the parable.
And just as we recognized that the Greek word used for 'receive' means 'to take charge of', the parable shows how the seed was received but not 'taken charge of.
It is like the person receives this gift of the seed, but does not take charge of it in their lives…or take it with them as that Greek word tells us to.
Picture yourself receiving a gift that you have desired for a while. You are so excited to get it, and you are so thankful to the giver. There is much joy in that moment. But time goes by, the newness of the gift wears off and you may even forget you have it. Eventually you may start looking for joy in something else.
This is the same as the parable. Both the parable and the verse in Colossians is telling us to be ROOTED in the word.
The parable ends with this: Matthew 13: 23 ~ ‘But the seed falling on good soil refers to people who hear the word and understand it. They produce a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown’.
The gift we receive through the blood of Christ is one we are told to take with us and never lose sight of. Colossians tells us this will build us up in Him. The parable tells us it will cause us to yield a crop for Him.
Just as a healthy plant produces fruit for the nourishment of others, just as a healthy body can provide strength and support for those around them, a healthy soul produces fruit of God that shows others the way to a life in Christ. We are to be alive in Christ, bearing much fruit.
I couldn't get that comparison out of my mind so I thought I'd share it! What do you think about?
God Bless and Keep You,