But They Have No Root
Luke 8:13 “Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.”
A parable by Jesus of a sower sowing seeds and various things that happened to the seeds. Some fell on the path, they were trampled upon and birds ate them. Some fell on thorns and were chocked up as they grew (we have done a post on this choked up seed, check our June 3 blog for – save me from chocking). Other seed fell on good soil and it grew and produced so much crop. But our focus today is on those that fell on the rock and died because they had no root!
The seed is the word of God. The word of God comes to our lives with power to change our circumstances for the better and bring unprecedented blessings. The word of God however can be highly restricted from achieving much, depending on the way we receive it. The parable focused on four different types of people who receive the word of God. Our focus today is on those who receive the word of God like seed that falls on a rock, they would have done well, but they have no root!
Seed fell on a rock. A rock is hard to crack. A rock has endured for a while. A rock is used to make foundations and walls. This seed fell on a rock. A rock is any tradition, belief, priority and practice that competes with or challenges Jesus the Rock of ages. Rocks include love and pursuit of pleasure prioritised over Jesus and everything. Rocks include love and pursuit of money, wealth and material things at the expense of our relationship with God and everything including morals, decency, faith, etc. Rocks include hate of a certain person or people, hate that has become a permanent fixture, hate like tribalism, racism and vendettas. Rocks includes attitudes developed against the church and its leadership, that they are corrupt and can’t be right nor be trusted. Rocks includes beliefs in dark arts, witchcraft, magic, demonic powers, etc. Rocks includes a set priority of studies first, love first, family first, and our relationship with God comes after. Seeds that fell on a rock could have grown, but they have no root.
The root is an extension of the word of God that was received. An extension that goes further after hearing God’s Word and now applying it to my life. If we listen to the word of God and it doesn’t spread like roots to affect our daily life then we have no roots. Until the word of God affects and changes everything around us, we have no roots. The word of God fell on the various rocks of our lives, but our rocks did not allow us to apply God’s Word. But they have no root, no application of the word of God in their lives. No roots is the problem!
The seed that fell on the rock stands for the many who listen to the word of God daily, but never apply it to their lives. They like the word, they attend worship over and over, but their rocks refuse to allow application of God’s Word in their lives. What rock is hindering the word of God from being applied in your life? What rock is competing with Jesus? Is it love of money? Academic pursuits? Friends? Hate? You would have been fully blessed by God but you don’t go beyond enjoying His word, you don’t apply it. You have no root.
You know about the Sabbath but you can’t keep it because of work and school and social commitments, you have no roots. You know about tithe and offering, but you don’t give, because of pressing needs, you have no roots. You know about love and forgiveness of your enemy, but you feel it would make their life easy, so you keep the grudge, you have no root! You know about God’s demands but your friends and family expectations are different and you won’t let them down, God can wait, you have no roots. You know of a relationship that is contrary to God’s will and should break, but you are afraid what will happen without it and you hang on, you have no root. You know God has absolute power, but you still fear witchcraft and you still consult magicians, you have no roots. You would have been blessed immensely, but you have no roots!
If we happily and gladly receive God’s Word in our lives, yet we don’t apply it all over our lives, we don’t allow it to change us, we will die spiritually, because we had no roots. We will not be blessed. Because we have no roots.
Lack of roots, applied word of God in our lives, is equal to lack of blessings in our lives. May God grant it today that I will develop roots that will crack the rock I fell on and make Jesus my priority. May I consequently be blessed as I develop roots daily, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)