Today is evaluation day! It’s time to take an honest peek and examine how you are growing spiritually. Don’t worry, no one here is going to cast shame upon you if you’ve fallen short of your own expectations, in fact I’ll never know.
It’s an important truth that if we don’t evaluate our progress, we can’t truly know if we are progressing. I encourage you today to honestly look at your spiritual life and ask yourself if you are pursuing Jesus the way you really want to? Are you spending time with Him daily? Is that time a priority, uninterrupted and effective or is it more something you try to squeeze between dinner and your evening shows?
Is your life displaying the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23)? Are you treating people with kindness? Are you speaking to people with love? Or perhaps you are short with people, displaying an attitude and choosing to spend all your time selfishly? Don’t worry, I’ve been selfish more times than anyone I know. It’s hard to hide this stuff from myself. Evaluation day can be hard, but it is important to be honest with who you are and your progress or lack of progress.
Today let’s look at what Jesus had to say as He was explaining the parable of the sower to His disciples.
Mark 4:14-20 (NLT) The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
How is the seed of God’s word growing in your life? Is His Word growing deep roots in your life as you meditate and seek to apply it daily to your life? Or is your relationship with God shallow and your affections easily swayed?
The seed falling among thorns has been a particular struggle in my life. Too often I’ve allowed His word to be cut off because I was too busy spending all my time on other things to truly let it grow in my life.
My prayer for all of us today is that we would begin clearing the soil for fresh spiritual growth. That we would be free of worldly concern and begin to plant deep roots, growing day by day closer to Jesus.
The temptation we all face when we try to grow in our walk with God is that we don’t see immediate results. We try to seek God for a week and we feel like we aren’t getting anywhere and after the second week we are so discouraged we become inconsistent or quit all together.
Don’t give up! Keep going. You are not forgotten by God. You are His precious child and He has great things in store for you, but you must choose to keep going and to keep growing.
Thanks for going with me on the journey of my blog’s first week. I’ll be back next Monday with another week of devotional blogs!
God bless you today!