Daily Easter Devotion Tuesday, April 30th

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – Psalm 98; Jeremiah 32:16-25; Romans 12:1-21 and Luke 8:1-15

Hear today, Jesus’ parable of the sower.

Luke 8:1-15 – 5“A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture.7Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” ….

11‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. 14As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.”

Today, may we receive God’s word to us and place it deep within our soul, so that it might produce gifts upon gifts upon gift.

Then in Romans we hear today;

Romans 12:1-21 – 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.

When I drive over to Branson, I pass an acreage that is being prepared for the planting of new crops. The soil has been tilled. It has been fertilized. The soil looks rich, ready for the seeds or plants. They even have a greenhouse area and in it you can see tomato plants well on their way, ready to be planted when the time is right. This acreage has been cared for and prepared.

So, we need to tend to our soul, so that it is ready when God’s word comes upon it. Ready to receive the word of God to us, ready to produce the fruit for which God’s word is intended.

Today, seek to cultivate your soul, so you may be open to God’s word given to you.

O Lord, today, help me prepare my soul for your word given unto me. Prepare me to hear your good news and to receive it, then find ways to pass it on a hundred times over. Amen.

Psalm 98 – 1   O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
2   The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! God is victorious over all evil, sin, death and destruction. Thanks be to God. Amen.

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