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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Your desire and faith must take root to have any effect

In his parable of differing “soils,” Jesus specifies some of the reasons certain people initially embrace Christianity, often with a great deal of enthusiasm and fervor, but then after a while bail out never to establish a root system which bears genuine and lasting fruit.

Those identified as the first to leave do so because of “a time of testing” (Luke 8:13). This is some kind of painful situation or “persecution” (Matthew 13:21) that arises in a person’s life because of his or her new alliance with Christ. This is easy to imagine, knowing the power of social pressures and the unsympathetic “friends” who are quick to disparage and ridicule one’s confession to follow Jesus. When Christ costs friendships, some new “adherents” of Jesus are quick to say “forget it.”

The other primary reason is variously described as “the cares of the world” (Matthew 13:22), the “pleasures of life” (Luke 8:14), or simply a “desire for other things” (Mark 4:19). The assortment of worldly attractions will certainly put one’s supposed faith to the test. Time will reveal whether people who claim to “follow Christ” will actually experience a God-given consistency in following Christ, or will instead retreat to following their own cravings for the temporal things of this world.  ~Mike Fabarez (Taken from “I’m for Christ” by Focal Point Ministries)

Isn't it funny that the very same situation applies to a marriage, a commitment to lose weight, a promise to quit drinking or even to start and stay dedicated to a business like Organo Gold (or any business).  It's true, though.  If you don't 'sink your roots', the first stiff breeze will blow you over.  That's why the soil  - i.e. your belief - makes all the difference.  You need faith.

So which are you more like - a sapling on dry, rocky ground or a beautiful fruit tree, with roots sunk deep into fertile soil?


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