There are four types of people in this world. #1, People who have heard about God through different people in their life, but then go their own way in unbelief. “These are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.” (Mark 4:15) #2, People who hear and receive God’s Word with gladness for a time. However, since they never continued to seek God daily, in order to allow Him to do a work in their lives they left the faith at a later time because of issues in their life and persecution. “These are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.” (Mark 4:16,17) #3, People who do believe in Jesus, but because of riches, and their lusts towards people and things, God did not have a place in their everyday lives. That is why they may go to church on Sundays, but they are unfruitful in the eyes of God. “These are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” (Mark 4:18,19) Each one of these people are unsaved in the kingdom of God, for they did not let God change them from the inside out. We will get to the fourth person next, but please repent if you know that you are one of the three people I just mentioned. God is waiting for your return.
#4, People who live their lives on the solid rock of Jesus. They don’t just hear God’s truth and receive it joyfully, but actually, go forth and do things for God’s kingdom. These are those who are born again in the Holy Spirit. That is how they are able to bring forth much fruit in the eyes of God and not man. “These are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.” (Mark 4:20) We must remember what Paul said when he wrote, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) If there are no works in our lives after we say we believe in Jesus, then we are not really saved and our faith is dead. You see, we are not saved by our works, but we do works because we are saved. So what are you doing for God? Are you just going to church each Sunday, or is there something you do each day for God also? Think about how much time you spend watching TV, using your phone or tablet, and even your computer. If you are not seeking God first, then you have made other things your idols in life. Therefore, please know that what you give your attention to outside of God will not save you in the end. God sees everything that goes on in your life. “There is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” (Mark 4:22) Therefore, start reading the Bible daily, praying often, while doing God’s will also. Then, will you become more selfless towards others and less selfish towards fulfilling your lust.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that every person in the faith will strive to seek You daily. Even in constant prayer, Bible study, and doing Your will throughout each day. I love You and can’t wait to do the next best thing for Your kingdom, for You matter most to me. I just can’t see this enthusiasm in other people’s lives that I associate with. What they are doing on their phones, or watching or playing on their big-screen TVs is what matters most to them. Wow! How can people who say they believe in You and still desert You like this? Surely, they have become just like the prodigal son and aren’t even aware of it. Many have heard and seen the good news of the gospel, but have decided to live their lives for the world instead. They say, “I have a life ahead of me. So I got to live it to the fullest.” Again, all I can say is Wow! Why can’t people understand that living this life for You matters most? The riches we gain in this life cannot be taken with us in death. Nor can we come unto You worthily, having become so filthy because of our lusts. I fear that too many people are going to die one day and regret the things they did in this life. How they had opportunities galore to pray, read the Bible, serve in their church, worship You, be a witness for You, and serve in other capabilities that You would have had for them. Lord, these people may repent after death is set in, but it will be too late. So I pray that they will wake up to their sins today and call upon Your Name now. Then, can forgiveness be found while there is breath, and You can still bring forth fruits in their lives. I believe in You. I love You. Amen.