What does it mean to live an authentic Christian life?
Matthew chapter thirteen reveals what can happen to a person when encountered with the gospel of Jesus. Today, let’s focus on verses 18-19:
Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
Here in Texas we have a lot of farm to market roads. These are usually two lane roads with lots of open country on both sides of the road. More often than not, a fence will be on each side of the road – usually barbed wire. Birds often sit on the fences or on the electric wires along these roads looking for an easy meal. You see, a hard, grass less surface like a road makes seeds or bugs easier to spot for the birds. Therefore, they congregate along these roads waiting for something to land on the hard surface of the road so they can see it and eat it up!
Jesus uses this metaphor to describe those who hear the word but don’t understand it.
To understand in this passage means: “to arrive at a summary or final understanding (complete with life-applications).”
Sadly, there are many who hear the word of God and don’t see how what Jesus has done can change their life. Many simply don’t want to see. The gospel is so simple and so beautiful that failure to understand requires demonic influence or divided affections.
In the case of “wayside” hearers, the former is true. Think of it this way:
A road is a hard place – made so by the repeated traffic that passes over it. Some folks have such hard places in their hearts that they have become a passageway for the world. The world’s ideas, desires, hurts, pains, and lies pass through on such a regular basis -marking their heart as a road for deception. It is in such a place that demons gather to aid in the destruction going on there by eating up everything that would bring life or change into the person – including the Word of God.
Demonic influence is present in the place where the world travels on a regular basis.
Most people in such a state would not believe what Jesus says but I am hoping that this can reach someone.
What travels through your life on a regular basis? How open are you to something more? Have you noticed the presence of evil around you? If so, call out on Jesus! Ask Him to take His plow to the hard ground of your heart. Do it before your own life becomes “roadkill” for the demons.
Next time, we’ll talk more about the parable of the sower and authentic Christianity.