My husband and I were reading Matthew 13 together. It is a passage that we have read, been taught and many times are taught in relation to finances. I have to say, although the principles of God cover every aspect of our life; as we read this passage, I wanted to read it from the perspective of Jesus teaching. I didn't want to read it from an angle to benefit agendas that we want to see fulfilled in our own lives; whether it be with our family, jobs, 'church', leadership, finances, and choices in general.
As we sat reading together, my husband said, "Teresa, who is the Word?" I said, "The Word is Jesus (John 1)!" He said, "Ok, because He is the Word, let's read verses 18 through 23 with the name of Jesus in place of the word, "word" in the text." As I started to read, here is how it read and my spirit jumped with great joy:
"When anyone hears Jesus of the Kingdom, and does not understand Him, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears Jesus and immediately receives Him with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of Jesus, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears Jesus, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke Jesus out of their lives and the one who received the seed becomes unfruitful. But he who received the seed on the good ground is he who hears Jesus and understands Him, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
When we hear him, may our hearts be continually tended to and guarded so that we do not get snatched from, give up, stumble or choke out the purposes of God. We are made righteous, not by our doing, but by what Jesus did. In this, let us allow The Word to maintain our hearts in ways we could never imagine, so that we are producing the things with Him and of Him in ways we could never imagine!