Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Some fell among stony places, where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth. Matthew 13:5

A friend of ours was telling us about a patch of his lawn that burned out very early each summer. Even in summers when there was plenty of rain, that patch always turned brown and looked ugly long before the rest of the lawn showed any sign of stress. One day, he had to climb onto his roof to fix a shingle that had started to come loose. From the height of his roof, he was able to look down and see all of his property, and he noticed a strange thing about that patch of dead grass. It looked to be in the well-defined shape of a rectangle, something he had not noticed before. When he returned to the ground, he measured the patch, and found it was exactly four feet wide and eight feet long. So he dug it up, and discovered that the home builder had buried a piece of plywood there, covering it with only a couple of centimeters of soil. The grass did not have a chance to thrive, any more than a Christian who never reads his Bible.

I know our text is speaking primarily about unsaved people who allow the trials and tribulations of life to interfere with their reception of the Gospel. They simply do not allow the Word of God to penetrate deeply into their souls and bring about repentance for their sin. But we can also apply this text to the Christian who fails to provide his soul with the rich soil of the Word of God so that he might grow as a healthy crop. We know there is nothing in this world that is going to nourish our souls. There is plenty for entertainment, that is for sure, in all of the movies and books and performances of all kinds. There are programs for entertainment, for education, for self improvement, many of them good in their own right but void of anything that will help a Christian to know more about our Lord and how He desires that we should live for Him. Many of the denominations offer religious activities and experiences that have little to do with learning the Word of God or of obedience to it. Christians can get caught up in these things, and if they do so at the expense of reading and studying the Scriptures, they will be barren of soul and empty of the fruit of the Spirit.

As Christians, we need to study the Word of God so we will know of all the blessings of our Salvation, so we can be happy and content when the world fails to satisfy. As Christians, we need to learn from Scripture how to behave ourselves in the Assembly, how to be a witness for Christ in the world, how to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Only in the fertile soil of Scripture can a saint find the nourishment for a victorious Christian life. -Jim MacIntosh

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