“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)
Do you want your life to bear fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Yes, to all three of your questions. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to live the life you have called me to live. What will you be sure to do if you want these to be the certain outcomes of your life? I will listen attentively to your word. How will you do that? I will meet daily with you in your word. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to change my heart. I will allow your word to transform my mind. I will allow your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. That will be very good. Yes, it will. You will help me to understand your word as I daily come to meet with you in it. You will teach and train me by your word. You will mold and shape me by your word. Yes, I will. Even the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life will be formed by your word. Your word will bring my life into alignment with your will. Your word will help me to walk in your ways. As I hear and understand and put your word into practice, I will certainly bear fruit for your kingdom, bring glory to your name, and live the life you have called me to live. I could have no higher desire. I could have no more fervent prayer. That is very good. That is a prayer I will hear and answer. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will meet with you daily in your word. I will make hearing and understanding and putting your word into practice the priority of my life. Teach and train me with your word. Use your word to help me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Amen
Key Question… How are you being careful to hear, understand, and put God’s word into practice?
Living It Out… Be careful to hear, understand and put God’s word into practice so you will be able to bear fruit for the kingdom of God.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that hearing, understanding and putting God’s word into practice will make you able to bear fruit.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have been able to bear fruit for the kingdom of God.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you hear and understand God’s word so your life will bear abundant fruit for the kingdom of God.
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