What Jesus Did! 'Just for Awhile' — Matthew 13:18, 20-21

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer. And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching and quickly and gladly accepts that teaching. But that person does not let the teaching go deep into his life. He keeps that teaching only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, then he quickly quits."
— Matthew 13:18, 20-21 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 13:18, 20-21 NLT — "So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer."

Key Thought

Short bursts of faithfulness are not hard. Stringing them together is hard. Sustaining them for long periods of time is incredibly hard. The difficulty comes from the challenge of being faithful. But a key part of the difficulty is that Satan never gives us a free ride. He's always in there trying to mess things up, making them harder, and raising our frustrations. Faithfulness, however, is about a long haul that maintains its target and delivers its payload on time. Jesus wants us to know that it will be easy for us to lose that first flush of joy and sink into mediocrity—or worse—if we do not seriously pursue Jesus through his life and teachings.

Today's Prayer

Father, please help my heart to remain soft and my passion and commitment to be resolute as I face the journey ahead. I don't want to waver or leave room for Satan to come in and steal my heart and life away. Please protect me from the evil one and empower me toward the road ahead. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 1:21-23
  • Philippians 3:12-14
  • Hebrews 3:12

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.