My Own Worst Enemy

  1. Message: The parables in Matthew 13 are all about those who heard the truth and for various reasons discarded or abandoned it. Because of this Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes intentionally because he said “they look but they don’t really see. They hear but they don’t really listen or understand.”
  2. Command: “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
  3. Promise: “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given and they will have an abundance of knowledge.” Matthew 13:12
  4. Warning: “for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them” (alsoMatthew 13:12)
  5. Application: All of the parables in today’s reading were about salvation. There is absolutely no question that this scripture means exactly what it means. Today as I read it I looked at something different within myself with these analogies. All of them were about people hearing truth and believing it at the moment they heard it, but either not retaining or not following though. The parable of the wheat and the weeds (again about salvation) made me think of all of the things that I hear and know are a good idea to do. Sometimes I think about starting, sometimes I start for a while and fizzle out and sometimes I go strong for a long time and then fall off the wagon completely. For me, a lot of this is in the area of discipline with my health, as well as some areas of disorganization in my life. I’ve heard enough truth in my lifetime and I’ve even lived it out faithfully for periods of time, but often times I separate the spiritual significance of following through and just see it as some things that would be good for me. When I read about the weeds growing among the wheat that the devil planted I thought to myself “you’re your OWN enemy!!!” My application today is to start taking steps that I can and will follow through in. I don’t want to be one who just hears truth but does nothing with it. I want to be one who follows through.

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