Sunday, February 21, 2016

How deep are your roots?

February 21

Daily Bible Reading: Mark 4:1 – 20

Verse of the Day: Mark 4:17 – “and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.”

In today’s passage, we read the Parable of the Sower (also in Matthew 13 and Luke 8). In this passage Jesus compares the message of the gospel as it works in the lives of four different types of people.

In our verse for the day above, Jesus is speaking of those who receive the truth as seed that falls upon rocky places. The seed does not go very deep, and when the troubles arise they fall away from anything to do with God. God is teaching in this parable that while we are focused on what fruit a person has, He is focused upon how deep their roots go. We watch the product, and He watches the process.

Prayer: Father, may the roots of Your truth go deep into my life. May I not only be concerned with producing fruit for You, but also developing deep, strong roots in Your love and grace. May I be firm in You. Amen.

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