As we watch God work in hearts around the world, we see a hunger for the Word of God in some places that is rare. What creates this hunger and how do we promote it in others?
The easy answer that most of us would give is that God creates the hunger, and this is true. But let’s dig deeper into this question and see if we can expose why there is not more hunger for reading and understanding the Scriptures than there is.
When Jesus told the parable of the sower, He made some important observations that we should use to examine our own hearts and measure the conditions where we are sowing the “word of the kingdom” (Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:13-20; Luke 8:11-15). The problem in this parable is not with the sower or the seed. The problem is found in the soil or heart of those who should receive the “word” or “seed.” Here is a short summary of three problems:
· The evil one is allowed to “snatch away what has been sown in [the] heart.” In other words, the priorities of the heart have not been placed on God’s Word and we allow it to be taken from us by things that we give higher priority to.
· When the seed falls along the “path” or “rocky ground,” there is a hardness that results from habits of the heart or unbiblical traditions. Inviting God the Spirit to work in us softens our hard hearts. The Lord says in Jeremiah 4:3; “Break up your fallow ground.”
There are more conditions to look at, but we will do that tomorrow. These three should cause us to examine our own hearts first to see why our hunger for the spiritual food of the Word is not as great as it should be. As we correct the problem in our hearts, we are better prepared to help others “Break up your fallow ground.” We will continue to study this subject tomorrow.
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