Re: Verse reading–Matthew 13:1-23 (day four)
Everywhere Jesus went, He drew a crowd. Sitting on a mountain…in a house…by the sea…multitudes gathered around Him. He was constantly teaching them the ways of God. Not all heard Him. Not all understood what He was saying. The eyes and ears of only a few would understand. Hundreds of years before, the prophet Isaiah spoke the Words of God…verses 14-15 refer back to those words. Only a relationship with Christ, only the work of the Holy Spirit, will correct our spiritual eyes and ears. Only those who are ‘fertile soil’ will hear and bear fruit in God’s kingdom. Multitudes gather, but only a few are genuine. Discipleship is more than just following a style of life, listening to sermons and memorizing verses of scripture. True discipleship is to follow the words of the Lord. Obedience. Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only!