"Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. 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. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 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. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 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. 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.” - Mark 4:13-20
This last Sunday was Resurrection Sunday. The words were spoken throughout the world in various assemblies and churches... He is Risen! The day was filled with rejoicing and family gatherings. It was a day of joyful fellowship in the worship service and then around the dinner table with family. For many, that day was one of the only days in the year when they would take time to worship the risen Lord. They would hear the message again with great joy, but in the weeks ahead it will slip away because it wasn't accepted.
What kind of soil are you today? Has the resurrection story fallen upon your heart and produced a great crop of thirty, sixty or even a hundred fold? Or did the message of last Sunday already slip away like the morning dew? May the truth of "He is Risen" change your life and deliver you from the grave clothes of worldly pursuits and unending worries! Remember the Word with great joy and live the message today and every day with great acceptance.