Mark 4:15 (AMPC) – The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown (in their hearts), but when they hear, Satan comes at once and (by force) takes away the message which is sown in them.
This happens far too often. We go to church, listen to a convicting message, or grab a book and read something that hits home with you – then, it seems almost instantly, it’s gone. How often have we gone to church on Sunday, but on Monday can’t remember or recall what the sermon was about? How many times have we listened or read something convicting, had every intention to change a behavior or way of thinking, but then slip back to our old ways like it never was fully received?
This happens because, according to the above scripture, Satan comes (by force) and takes away the message. It is basically stolen from us. But here is the truth…only things not properly protected get stolen.
I have had my car radio stolen, I have had money taken, among other things, and when I look back, it’s because I didn’t take the proper precautions to protect those items properly.
We should be just as forceful to protect what is valuable as those who try to take away what is meaningful to us. We do this by going back to one of the verses Taylor taught on this past Sunday.
Romans 12:1-2 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your body as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
If we want to remember a convicting message, if we want to retain the Word, if we want to keep that feeling of closeness and nearness to God that we have when we are reading or at church, we need to act out what we are taking in. That is the best way to retain and to forcefully protect that seed that has been planted.
Living sacrifices, renewing your mind daily – making sure we are not a comfortable and camouflage Christian. Like we learned last Sunday, my opinion is that if we are comfortable, living conveniently only, and blending in, we are conforming to the pattern of this world – then before you know it, any seeds planted are stolen.
Let’s be as forceful (or better yet, more forceful) to protect what God has sown in our hearts as the enemy is to try to take it away!