6. SOME SEED FELL ON STONY PLACES.
In the natural, some seed fell on stony places where they did not have much earth. These sprang up immediately because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun came up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
Jesus likens these seeds to a person who immediately receives the word with joy yet has no root in himself, so endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles and falls away from the kingdom.
As I have already said, we are at war with the devil for the souls of mankind, and you can guarantee that when you go into Satan’s kingdom and set the captives free, the vast majority of these new Christians, because of the word they have received, will very quickly come under attack by either tribulation or persecution.
1: These people live in stony ground.
This speaks to us of a new Christian living amongst people, who for the most part have hearts of stone towards the gospel. Spiritually, they live in a very negative environment for Christians, especially for new Christians.
2: They receive the word with joy, yet there is no root in them.
This can be taken as a warning to us. It is not just enough for new Christians to receive the word with joy. It needs to go down deep and take root.
If a new Christian’s natural family is of another faith, or their hearts are hard towards the gospel, until such time has the word does go down deep into the heart of the new Christian and takes root, they will need a lot of personal care and attention from more mature Christians. Some times for their own spiritual or physical safety, they may need to be removed from their old environment. For many new Christians around the world confessing their newfound faith in Jesus Christ can result in them being persecuted, thrown out of the family home, and maybe even killed because of their faith in Jesus.
Paul in speaking to Christians who lived amongst idol worshipers has this to say.
II Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial (the devil)? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you, 18 I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
II Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God.
Some new Christians may live in a family environment that is ready and willing to accept the gospel. When this is so, whole households will often very quickly and willingly hear the gospel, believe and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then be born again into the kingdom of heaven. But other new Christians, who live in a family environment that is hard against gospel of Jesus Christ, may quickly find them-selves at war with an enemy that lives within those whom they love the most.
Jesus Christ said
Matthew 10:32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
To new Christians, born again into the kingdom of God, but living in an environment that is hostile towards the gospel, hostile to good Christian values, and is hostile to you living an active Christian life in their presence, I say to you; “Do seek help, guidance and the support of other mature Christians.
Regardless of whether God is calling you to remain in your situation with the hope of saving all or some of your family and friends, or God is calling you to flee for your own spiritual or physical safety, you are going to need the help and support of other Christians.” Some of us are called to suffer or even die for our faith, while others are called to live for another day by fleeing to a safe Christian environment.
If you follow the lives of Jesus Christ and Paul the apostle, you will see that there were times in both of their lives when God called them to flee for their own safety, yet at other times God called them to take great risk with their life. In the end, both Jesus Christ and Paul laid down their life for the sake of the gospel.
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