BEING ROOTED IN CHRIST

Have you ever seen a people so born again on Sundays but when you meet them between Monday and Saturday, you wouldn’t tell if they are the same persons? This is the lot that  will always receive the word of God while it is being preached and feel like the word is for them  but once they step out of that church building, they will have returned to their  ‘default setting’.

Then there is the lot that will always be praising God when almost everything is running smooth for them as they had expected, but when challenges come, they’d be asking you, “Where is this your God?”. They will be quick in saying how God does not exist.

It is not a surprise, they existed even in the times of Jesus Christ and that is why Jesus spoke of the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Jesus then goes ahead to explain the meaning of this parable in verses 18-23 as follows:

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18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

This parable explains how our churches  are. They are like a garden, the believers are a representation of the different types of soil. The preacher is the sower. He sows his seeds by way of broadcasting method whereby he throws the seeds and they will fall on different soils. Some seeds will be eaten whereas some will grow to produce crop.

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Likewise, when the word of God is preached to us, we receive it differently. There are those who will receive and meditate upon the word and it will bare fruits in their live. Then there are those who will receive it with joy as it comes But when they leave, the word will have evaporated, they will wait for the next time when sowing will be done.

We need to be rooted in Christ and always meditate upon His word so that when sowing is done, the birds of the air will not come and eat the seed neither will the thorns choke us.

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.  Proverbs 4:20-22

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