Weeds

October 9, 2013
by Joel Jongkind   - Listen to this devotional

Our garden is not nearly as big as it used to be. We used to grow all our vegetables, as well as a variety of different fruits and foodstuffs. I was never a fanatic gardener, but I did look after it, and we enjoyed the fruits of our labours. However, as time went by, the garden became smaller, so that now it is just a few square feet with some of our favourite vegetables. But the problem is still the same. The weeds seem to take over.

In my Bible discussion at the local long-term care centre, we are presently looking at some of Jesus' parables, and the last few times, we discussed the parable of the sower and the parable of the weeds in the wheat field. We had some considerable discussion about the seeds which were crowded out by the weeds.

Mark 4:18-19 – Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (NKJV)

We came to the conclusion that this is what is happening all around us today. Several people in my Bible class mentioned about how they grew up in the church and raised their children in it, but now see that some of them have quit going to church, and their grandchildren as well. Some people who at one point believed don't anymore. There appear to be different reasons. Some have done well – they can make it on their own; others have too much to do on a Sunday; there is work; and there are various sports activities. There are so many things which seem to have taken over, and they don't need to set aside the time for worship. The weeds of the world have crowded out and smothered their desire to worship, to believe, or even to have faith.

We seem to focus on the negative side of this parable so often: the seeds on the roadside, the seeds in the stony field, and the field where the weeds take over. But Jesus ends with a positive statement, a statement which tends to get crowded out by the negatives of this story as well.

Mark 4:8-9 – "But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (NKJV)

It is so good to see that not all of our work is in vain: we teach (or taught) our children; we preach; we write; we talk to others about our faith. As I tell the people in my Bible class, we can't all be preaching all the time, but the people in the home see that we are there to study God's Word, and the personal reward is there for all of us to see. The seeds of faith have taken hold; they give us strength to cope on a day-to-day basis; and for some, the increase has been a hundredfold indeed.

Prayer: Father in heaven, we thank You for the parables that Jesus told the people then, and that He tells us now through the Bible. For stories that are so easy to understand, stories which we can apply to our lives even here and now, we thank You in His name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Joel.


    Thanks for a good word Joel.


    Thanks so much for the devotional this a.m. I needed that! God bless you today and always.


    Dear Joel,
    Thank you for a truly Biblical and hopeful devotional.


    Thanks Joel, I always appreciate your well written, just the right length, and positive writing. I like what I read and then I see oh yes it is by Joel. I understand what you write and it helps me.


    Hi there
    Truly a delight to read your post. In my reading yesterday this passage stuck out to me as one that I continue to battle even though I daily read my bible and devotionals and our family is very active in the church. Certainly very much applicable to the culture today.
    Thanks.


    Well Stated. God Bless.


    Good word today Joel! Blessings.


    Thought provoking article! Keep planting the seeds! Blessings on your day and future Bible Studies.


    Thank you Joel for this wise reflection We need to keep sharing the story in ways for people to ‘hear’ it. Blessings.


    Dear Joel:
    Thanks for another good devotional. As I was reading I thought this must be written by you.


    Thanks for your true message Joel.
    Doesn’t satan squirm when we remind him that the Good Seeds always overpower his misleading attempts.
    So great to know Jesus was victorious over all evil a blessed Calvary.


    Really enjoy Joel Jongkinds messages, they are so inspirational.

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