19th March: Matthew 13:1-23 - Receive God's Word in obedient faith, and your knowledge of God will increase.

Jesus spoke in parables. He spoke of everyday things, teaching lessons concerning the Kingdom of God. He was a story-teller, and yet He was more than that. His stories had a message, a life-changing message, a message designed to lead His hearers into new life, the life of God's Kingdom. The parable of the sower may be described more fully as the parable of 'the sower, the seed and the soil'. Some respond to God's Word in a shallow way. In others, there is greater depth of response. Some 'enjoy' the preaching without really responding, in faith, to Christ. Jesus says, 'He who has ears , let him hear' (10). Receive God's Word in obedient faith, and your knowledge of God will increase (12). This is the way of childlike faith and spiritual growth. Beware of proud unbelief and spiritual decline (12; 11:25)!

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