[Jesus continued his explanation of the parable of the sower and the seeds:]
"The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don't have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation."
— Luke 8:13 NLT
Sometimes the gospel starts up in our hearts, but things get too tough. The evil one brings his times of testing. Difficulties in life mount. Friends reject us now that our values have changed. Suddenly, it seems that we are under attack from every corner. Those who don't criticize us shun and avoid us. Will we hold onto faith? Even more, will those who are more mature help rescue those of us who get pulled away? All of us will go through periods of testing in our lives. The real issue for all of us is whether we have friends who love us enough to keep us encouraged and help us not "cave in" to the pressure of testing and temptation. So let's be that kind of friend especially to new Christians. Let's not let the overwhelming changes in their lifestyle, friends, and values make them vulnerable to isolation and abandonment!
Father, forgive me for not paying more attention to your new children in the faith. Open my eyes, help me to see where they are in their journeys with you, and help me to help them in ways that are a blessing. I know that even your Son went through a period of temptation and testing shortly after he was baptized. I fully expect that most new Christians will face similar challenges. Please use me to bless, encourage, and strengthen them. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Hebrews 3:12-14
- Galatians 6:1-2
- James 5:19-20
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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