FAVORITE BOOKS!…Mark 4: 1-21

I read that the six favorite books in the USA have three of mine on the list.  I couldn’t believe it!  ‘Gone With the Wind’ made it.  Then, ‘Moby Dick’, my all-time favorite American novel, which I’ve read three times.  You can guess which one was first.  It’s always number one.  Best-seller of all time!  Yes, of course, the Bible!

Cheered when I saw that.  Most purchased…most read and followed?  What do you think?

The Bible is our tuning fork.  We get out of tune so easily.  We sound flat and shrill due to sin.  It’s time to read that portion from the Gospel of Mark.  Very familiar parable?  About the seed and soil.  All the troubles of getting a good crop.  I know that you and I want to be good soil for the Lord.  We want our lives to mean something for Him.  Not for riches or fame, but to know Him and make Him known.

Can you imagine a better meaning in life?  Jesus says in Mark 4:20 that if you want to be good soil, you must listen to His Word.  Not buy lots of Bibles, keeping them dusted-off in case the pastor stops by unannounced.  Read the Word, chew on it, digest it, make it like ‘daily bread’.  It will become part of you.  Food for your soul that will last all of life.

Jesus promises that He will produce an abundant crop…30, 60, 100 times what we sowed.  Will happen like good seed in good soil.  How big will your crop be?  Who knows?  Don’t worry about it.  That’s God’s business.  I try(sometimes very unsuccessfully!)to not think about how few may be reading these devotionals that I’ve put so much time into.  As I said, that’s God’s business.  I’m doing this because I feel led to.  That’s it.  That’s enough for me.  On a good day!

How about you?  Seed in good soil?  The results?  God knows… and that should be enough for you too!

Prayer:  Lord, help us to put our gifts to work for you.  We ask you to help us be what you created us to be…for you, for others!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.