Music is a big part of my daily routine. Sometimes I fire up Spotify early in the morning, while I prepare this devotion; or, at the very latest, I have my favorite playlist queued up for my commute to work. Music is my morning motivation. One song/album that I have had on repeat last year, and this year (thanks to them releasing a “Deluxe” album) is Rebels by Influence Music. The title track to the album is my favorite song of the year (obviously the year is just starting, so this will change). I love the melody, but much more than that, I love the lyrics and message of this song, especially the line: “You can find my with the sinners, where You gave your life.”
26He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28All by itself the soil produces grain-first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)
This is the very next parable and this one does not come with a personal explanation by the Man himself, Jesus. So this, parable is up for interpretation. To me, this is saying that the Kingdom of God works constantly for those who sow a good seed. Night and day the Heavenly Host is working to grow those faithful with a bountiful harvest, and that happens without the man having to do anything for it to grow except believe. But before you read that and think, “I just have to believe and God will give me plenty!”, you need to always know exactly who God is and what His idea of “plenty” is. God will ALWAYS bless you with what you NEED to get by in this life. For most Americans in this decade, they have lost sight of what they NEED and what they WANT. So if you think that by just believing God will put opportunities in your life to give you an abundance; that usually will not happen.
For those who are abundantly fruitful, I pray they recognize that it is only by the grace of God they are where they are at. God’s the one that gifts a Doctor with the mental capacity to make it through a doctorate program. Sure it takes personal grit and determination, but God blessed that individual with intellect just as He blesses athletes with genetics that surpass that of most people. Again, the athlete has been given a gift by God in their genetics, but it takes years of dedication and training for an athlete to make it a professional career. So the crop grows for these individuals, they just need to harvest it.
So what about the rest of us. What about the everyday man and woman who are doing everything they can just to get by? Well, where is your heart? Again, God provides you with all you NEED to get by in this world. We let the world corrupt what we feel we WANT and not what we NEED. We work tirelessly to afford things that are just temporary where we could live simpler lives and easily enjoy the free things in this world: friendship, the great outdoors, love.
So in this parable, the kingdom of God continues to grow a bountiful harvest for those that believe. Faith is all you need to allow the Holy Spirit into your heart and life. Don’t let the harvest go to waste. Pick up you sickle and reap the benefits of the unending grace, mercy, and love of Jesus.
Reading plan: Mark 6
Deeper reading plan: Numbers 31-36 (Congratulations! You have completed your fourth book of the Old Testament!)
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray to reap your God given harvest.
Fitness challenge: Rest.
Journal: What are your God given gifts? Hopefully you can easily answer that question. If not, write down everything you think was a gift given to you by God. From your calm demeanor, humor, quick typing, anything that you know you are good at.