As a former seminary student, I’m embarrassed by the amount of over analysis which can take place from time to time. In an attempt to study the Bible through the eyes of a specific theologian, the simplicity of Jesus’ words can be lost. Instead of debating who’s right and who’s wrong, perhaps Christians should take Jesus’ words literally by becoming doers of the Word.
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown, Mark 4:20.
While unwrapping the meaning to a famous parable, Jesus lays out four basic environments that exist in the world. High traffic areas cause the soil underneath to become compacted and hardened. Hilly or mountainous terrain is rocky, often unstable with soil constantly shifting and eroding resulting in shallow levels. Unkempt areas explode out of control with briar patches, sticker bushes and thistles competing for spaces to grow. Finally, ideal settings possess nutrients beneath which can lead to record crops.
He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? – Mark 4:21
According to Jesus, this final scenario is achieved when individuals hear the spoken message and accept it as their own. There is no exception to this rule, faith must become personal, owned by those who believe, Romans 10:17. You don’t just profess your convictions and go back to the life you once lived. Rather, Jesus calls his followers to shine their light by taking a stand in the world we live. If you want a faith that will yield a bountiful harvest, dive in today by fulfilling Mark 4:20-21.
by Jay Mankus