Tuesday, February 20, 2018
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Jesus addressed a large crowd, telling a parable (an earthly story with a heavenly meaning) about a person’s heart. A farmer scatters seed that falls on different soils – hard packed, rocky, weedy and soft. Were not farmers – so what’s point?
The question at hand is what is the state of our hearts. Is it:
- Calloused – hard to touch and connect with because you just go through the motions but really have a self-centered agenda
- Rocky and shallow – a bit immature and easily exasperated. Liking the idea of faith and love, but pretty quick to dry up and give up.
- Choked and distracted – consumed with busyness and the many words and ideas that are competing for your attention … prone to chase squirrels.
- Soft and receptive because it’s been plowed (broken) and is open and ready to welcome the will and work of God within. This heart is content and centered in Christ, trusting his Spirit’s work in every situation.
What’s the state of your heart? A way to a receptive heart is to connect with sadness. The sadness of those hurting around you and in this world. Sadness leads to compassion and compassion opens our heart to receive and give love. Let your heart be broken, so love grows.
Father, what is the state of my heart? Show me and make me receptive to your love and your will. Let me connect to your compassion that I might be a conduit of your love. Amen.