How Do You Value Your Seed? Pt 2
Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Impressions- what stays in someone’s minds, general idea, pressed-in shape, imitating of somebody
We are some impressionable people…it’s true. Have you ever met that person? You know the Christian that comes over and gives you a “God bless you…how are you doing?” every Sunday? Or what about the one that greets you with a brotherly kiss…while you get the side eye from his wife? Maybe it’s just a thing we do when we are inside the church but what about outside? This is where the magic happens. On the outside is where it all goes down. On the outside is where we can see who is real and who is phony.
When we make an impression on someone, whether good or bad, it stays with them. Think back to the first time you fell in love or the first person you kissed or maybe some can go back to your first school crush. For whatever the case may be that person or persons made an imprint in your mind for that time. They gave you a general idea of who they were, left a pressed-in shape (memory) and for that moment imitated someone that cared for you. When the seed falls on stony places it leaves an impression. It wants to grow, but it can’t because of the ground. It lets people know that there was once something there in us, but it is gone. It gives them a general idea that we know what we are talking about, but we aren’t acting on the Word. It shows them a pressed-in shape of what is on the outside, but not too good on the inside. Now, they are just imitating a Christian. They can beat you dancing and shouting, singing up a storm but the seed is not catching root.
Having an impression of something lets them know that what was there is a figment of the imagination. Think of the dinosaurs that roam the world; no one has ever seen one living, but we have fossils or imprints of what used to be. We take pictures of how things used to be…but do you want people to say how you used to serve God, how you used to pray for the sick, how you used to sing in church? I want my seed to grow and to prosper not wither away or burn. I don’t want my salvation to be an impression, but to be my life, now and forever to come.