Hello friends! I am so happy to be back and sharing this kit with you! Once again, the timing is perfect. During this quarantine, we have more time alone in our thoughts and some pretty hard things come out of that. I don’t know about you, but I know that during this time, I have been confronted with some intense negative thoughts and some sins that have come to light. We get to use this time to examine our hearts, and that’s what this kit and devotional are all about.
Most of us are familiar with the parable of the sower found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. I studied the parable twice in the past few months as part of my Bible reading plan, and it’s so interesting! I used the Warren Wiersbe Bible commentary and he says, “The human heart is like soil: it must be prepared to receive the seed before that seed can take root and produce a harvest.”
The seed is God’s Word. Our hearts have to be ready and willing to receive God’s Word! Wiersbe goes on to explain the four different types of hearts and I want to share it with you, because I find it so interesting.
- The hard heart (Mark 4:15) – Resists the Word of God and makes it easy for Satan to snatch it away. Those who recklessly open their hearts to all kinds of people and influences are in danger of developing hard hearts.
- The shallow heart (Mark 4:16-17) – Since there is no depth, whatever is planted cannot last because it has no roots. There may be great enthusiasm for several days or weeks, but when the difficulties begin, the enthusiasm wanes and the joy disappears.
- The crowded heart (Mark 4:18-19) – This heart pictures the person who receives the Word, but does not truly repent and remove “the weeds” out of his/her heart. This hearer has too many different kinds of “seeds” growing in the soil.
- The fruitful heart (Mark 4:20) – The true believer, because fruit (a changed life) is the evidence of true salvation.
So what soil are you? I encourage you to take the time this week to reflect and pray about this. If I am being honest, I am sometimes a little bit of all of these. I sometimes resist what God is telling me. Sometimes I get so excited about God and then something hard happens and that excitement leave. Sometimes I have too many things growing in my soil and it needs to be weeded! It’s all a process to becoming fruitful soil. I strive to become a little more fruitful every day. It’s a process.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this longer than usual blog post! I really wanted to share what I have been learning as I am studying God’s Word and I love how it totally goes alongside this month’s kit! The kit is unfortunately sold out, but you can find the printables and devotional online to print from home right here (http://rwrd.io/wkjedmx?c)! Thank you for your support, and you can follow me on Instagram @creative4hisglory for more journaling pages on what God is teaching me.