双语灵修 | 马太福音 13:23

马太福音 13:23  撒在好地上的,就是人听道明白了,后来结实,有一百倍的,有六十倍的,有三十倍的。

我从明尼苏达州南部搬回威斯康辛州后,我能体会到那里的农民在预备他们的土地时遇到的困难。那些土壤在干燥的时候不容易耕作,在潮湿的时则更不可能。在我居住的明尼苏达地区,一天的降雨量大概有两英寸,如果第二天有一点阳光和微风,你就可以在地里干活。这里的土地不是8英寸的表土,而是4英尺的表土。这是世界上最好的土地之一。

但如果你有一颗愿意接受上帝话语的心,那并不是因为你生来就有那样的心。你和其他人一样是固执、刚硬和抗拒的。圣灵努力的预备你心里的土壤,好叫你欢欢喜喜地领受,并且相信。他也继续在你的心里作工,所以当你在这个世界上成长的时候,你会更容易接受它。在你的生命中,可能有一段时间,上帝的话语对你来说不那么重要,也许是因为你很少有时间来学习。但是,如果你继续坚守在上帝的话语里面,你就越来越离不开它。

如果你现在喜爱上帝的话语,就要为此而感恩。假如你知道有人对此而冷淡,就要向他们伸出援手,鼓励他们。你可以带他们去上圣经课,每周和他们喝一杯咖啡,指导他们过一个基督徒的生活。如果上帝赐予你一颗愿意听道的心,那么你也将是别人的祝福。

祷告:主耶稣,感谢你差遣你的圣灵进入我的心中,如此忠心地为你的话语作预备。我知道,起作用的不是我的想法或选择,而是你的恩典。我祈求你的话语自由运行在世界各地的人心中,使他们能够相信你!奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们!

Matthew 13:23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

After moving back to Wisconsin from southern Minnesota, I can appreciate the difficult that farmers have here to prepare their soil. The clay is hard to work when it is dry and impossible when it is wet. In the area of Minnesota where I lived, you could have two inches of rain on day, and if you had a little sun and wind the next day, you could work your fields. Instead of 8 inches of topsoil, there was four feet of topsoil. It was some of the best ground in the world.

But if you have a heart that is receptive to the Word of God, the good soil that Jesus is talking about, it is not because you were born with that kind of heart. You were just as stubborn and resisting as anyone else. The Holy Spirit worked hard to prepare the soil of your heart so that you would receive it with joy and believe. He continues to work in your heart as well, so that as you grow in the Word, you become even more receptive to it.  There was probably a time in your life when God’s Word wasn’t so important in your life. Maybe you rarely found time for it. But now, if you have continued in his Word, you could not live without it.

If you love the Word of God today, be thankful for that. And if you know someone who does not, reach out to them and encourage them. Take them to Bible class. Have a cup of coffee with them once a week and mentor them in their Christian life. If God has blessed you with a heart that listens to the Word, then you will also be a blessing to others. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for sending me your Holy Spirit, who has worked so faithfully worked in my heart to prepare it for your Word. I know that it is not my thinking or choosing, but only your grace that has worked in me. I pray that your Word will have free course throughout the world to work in hearts everywhere to bring them to faith in you. Amen.

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