“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 ERV (Read Full Text)
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.
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.
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