JESUS USED COMMON THINGS TO TEACH US
Some of these ways were referred to by Jesus and others in the Bible, through the use of the names and qualities of common substances metaphorically, attempting to capture the essence of how and what He is doing for us by His outpoured Holy Spirit in each one of our lives.
These include Oil, Fire, Salt, and….
Finally, we have the kernel of God’s Word sown into us by Jesus, through His messengers in the earth.
God’s Word is sown into our hearts by Jesus through His Holy Spirit, who works through His messengers that walk the earth today, and by His words preserved for us over many centuries in the Bible.
As Jesus’ well known Parable of the Sower tells us, there are many heart conditions into which this kernel of His Word falls.
This broad range and variation of results in people’s life experiences, is certainly influenced and affected by our own openness and obedience, or our personal resistance and reluctance, to the work of the Holy Spirit within and upon each of us.
Some with these heart conditions either reject God’s Word outright or do so over time, when faced with difficult conditions or rejection by others.
Others, with different heart conditions can slowly strangle the life out of the Word, because of all the other things from this world (cosmos) system already growing and taking over within them!
Jesus’ description of this fourth and final heart condition speaks of good soil and fruitful results, but also shows us several differing levels of productivity.
This variation in the level of our fruitfulness may be based on divine callings and giftings, but is also influenced and affected by our openness and obedience to the Lord in receiving and reflecting His many graces offered to each of us:
It finally comes down to how well we choose to receive and reflect our Lord Jesus and His many graces, offered freely to every one of us:
MARK 4:14 The sower sows the Word. 15 The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them. 16 And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; 17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. 18 The ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; 19 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. 20 And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit—some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.
Jesus sows His Word into those of us who have been prepared, and now have the blessing of this fourth and final human heart condition.
Within our prepared hearts, the works of the Holy Spirit, depicted to us by Jesus, as Oil, Fire, and Salt create a dynamic combustion within our human spirits, eternally transforming our hearts, souls, minds, and wills!
This divinely produced transformation begins to blow away the hard outer shells we have developed within ourselves, because of wounds from others, and our own negative reactions to our hurts.
As we then begin to have softened, enlarged spiritual lives, we open up more and more to give and recieve love, to be loved by God and love other people.
This dynamo of love within our expanding hearts and lives flows from deep within us, until our true destiny to become like Jesus blossoms forth, growing upward, forward, and outward, toward full realization in and beyond our lifespan here on earth, and on into eternity!
IN OTHER WORDS - POP!