Pastor J. Dykeman Brown
His Seed And My Soil, "Stolen Seed"
Matthew 13:18-19 - Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.”
Have you ever had something stolen from you? I have. It is such an empty feeling at first. Then that sense of violation sets in. Then finally anger grips your heart at this act of thievery. However, in many cases we have some recourse, because we have insurance policies that can help to replace stolen items. Most of us, because of this act of injustice, learn lessons on better ways to protect our possessions. Thievery never feels good.
Jesus here, speaks of something being stolen, because the person who received this gift didn't understand, or had no idea of its value, or worth. Two questions come to mind... (1) Do we possess things not knowing, or understanding its worth and value? And (2) If something is stolen, that we didn't know we had, do we know, or even sense, that it's gone? If we were clueless in the beginning, I'm not so sure will we miss that which has been taken.
Jesus is speaking specifically about the Seed, or Word of God and all its eternal value being sown into the soil of our hearts. Jesus said on one occasion, the words I speak unto you, they are Spirit and life! (Jn. 6:63) At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, he that hear these words of mine and does them, is like building your house on a rock and when the inevitable storms rise in your life, you will stand. (Mt. 7:24-25) The Psalmist says, He sent his Word and healed them. (Ps. 107:20) If this kind of priceless word is imparted, or seeded into the soil of our hearts, at clueless moments in our lives, then we jeopardize the reality of spiritual illumination, abundant life, stability and healing of all kinds. These clueless moments in our lives are not due to our inability to understand. On the contrary, because of the Holy Spirit, Kingdom revelation can be understood with some attention and investigation of what's been taught.
Have you ever read, or heard a passage of scripture that wasn't immediately clear, or understood, so you just ignored what was being said? Or we hear a word of conviction and decide not to dig further into the subject. Or, it's like being in church as the word is being expounded and we're texting, talking, checking our email or facebook page, making fun of others in church, skeptical about spiritual things, daydreaming, worrying about issues, just there to pick up a date, or criticizing the person doing the teaching. The eternal Word is being planted into our ear gate for heart insertion, but we're too distracted by earthly issues, or preoccupied by temporal stuff, to the point that we don't perceive the eternal value of what's being delivered. Therefore, we will never protect, or guard that which we don't know we have. It can be easily stolen. This puts us into the realm of willful ignorance, and losing winnable battles.
This is when the enemy of our souls comes to steal valuable eternal truths that can transform our lives. The enemy will steal peace, joy, love, faith, hope, family, friends, stability, assignments, careers, finances, etc... The devil loves our willful ignorance. Why? Because our willful ignorance will cancel our faith, trust, obedience and reliance on God. A stolen word, robs us of an experience that would produce a testimony of God's faithfulness to His Word. A stolen word endeavors to rob God of His glory. The questions we must answer are, "Are the fields of our hearts fallow ground"? "Are we so preoccupied with the noise of life, that our ears have been muted to Kingdom truth"? "Are we stunted, or regressing, instead of growing, because we're ignoring studying and comprehending the Word of the Lord"?
My prayer and confession today is, "Father I give you my undivided attention. I open my heart to the Holy Spirit and your Word, for spiritual illumination and Kingdom purposes. I refuse to be distracted by temporal things that derail your presence in my daily affairs. I'm sorry and repent of wasting your time, as I recommit the Soil of my Heart, to the Eternal Seed of your Word, which you're graciously imparting into my soul"! Amen!
Have A MOST EXCELLENT Day!