Matthew 13:16-30

Matthew 13:16-30

When we decide that God's Word is ultimately the most valuable thing there is in the universe, and we stop seeking after all of the other things, it's amazing how fruitful we become in God's kingdom.What do we long for? Is our heart truly desiring to be where God is? Is our heart truly desiring to see that Greatness and be in that Presence that is going to fulfill everything that we’ve ever desired in our life, or at least get rid of those desires that we shouldn’t have in our life?… But I do find myself saying the words, “Come quickly,” but yet desiring to see tomorrow: to see how tomorrow is going to work itself out, to see what challenges I can overcome… Forgetting that there were men who came before me who longed for the Lord to take them, some even facing horrendous persecution… They knew the true meaning of “come quickly, Lord Jesus.” And so, I’m just saying, you know what? Let’s be honest with God, and when we approach Him, rather than trying to tell Him what we think He wants to hear, and telling each other what we think they should hear, let’s just be honest. You know what? I’m not ready to go. I’m going to tell you right now, I’m not ready to go. If God should choose to come and get me, you know, that’s okay, I’ll live with that, and I probably won’t be unhappy about it, but I’ve got a future, and I’m looking forward to it. And I would ask you guys to pray for me, that my heart would always be ready for that moment that the Lord appears, but fervently trying to honor God with my life in fulfilling my desire as well…

When we decide that God’s Word is ultimately the most valuable thing there is in the universe, and we stop seeking after all of the other things, it’s amazing how fruitful we become in God’s kingdom…

We begin to judge based our own lives and what we call good, but it is the Master Who planted the seed. It is the Master’s Word that has gone out. We do not know how to judge another man’s heart… When we see a brother or sister that truly is walking with the Lord, it’s okay to acknowledge that, but we don’t have the right to go up to the brother or sister that may not be displaying that fruit and say, “Well, you’re not a believer,” which we have the tendency to want to do. We’re always to be about encouraging and protecting and nurturing…

God has given to us the great privilege of handling His Word. We are to be about taking this Word and sowing it. Now, you know what? I love the fact that we can gather together and fellowship, and that we have a nice…body of believers that we can be with, that we can share God’s Word with. But you know what? There’s also a world out there, and Jesus is just as concerned about the world out there as He is the world in here. Jesus doesn’t just get up on Sunday morning and come to church. He gets up with every new day and speaks to every heart, directing those that would hear Him, kicking those in the pants that need the little bit of incentive, and giving those that love the Lord the motivation to step out once again and share His Word. He’s out there every day throwing seeds… We may be the instrument that He’s using to spread the seed. You know, He’s not concerned so much about where the seed is going to fall as long as the seed is sown. But too often we get caught up in this idea that, you know, you can only sow the seed in the field… And you know what? Some of what you sow may be rejected. Some of what you sow may be received for a short time and then you look at those people that you shared it with, they may be dying and falling away. The heat of life begins to scorch them, or their drive for the wealth, their drive for importance, begins to choke them out. Does it mean that you’ve wasted your time? Not at all. Because, guess what? In throwing that seed, that guy may be getting choked out but at least he knows he has a responsibility…

We can plant our seed just in this room here. We can always share the blessings of God with one another, and pat each other on the back. Come week after week and be encouraged and encourage one another. Or, we can step out there, share the Word, spread the seed as far and as wide as it will go, not caring where it’s going to fall, knowing that some will plant in good soil, and then come back here to the field. And understand that the person sitting right next to you might be a weed, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. Praise God that the weed is in this field and that God one day will deal with the weed, and I don’t have to. I don’t have to look at the lack of fruit on a particular plant. But I can look at the fruit that’s growing on the other plant, and be excited that I see the fruit and that I know that I’m with brothers and sisters, and that I can, then, encourage those that show no fruit rather than judging and condemning…

It’s easy to bind ourselves only to Christians and forget that we have a responsibility to a lost and dying world that God loves and that this Word was meant for. And if they’re not hearing it from us, then they might not be hearing it, and we may be the vessel that God has chosen to use.

Pastor Dave Elkins