Plot Twist: Week 1 - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Father, thank you for your goodness and love. Thank you for providing your Word and for showing me how to live and love more like you.

Read: Luke 8:6, 13

“Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.”

“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.”

Reflect:

The second type of soil that Jesus presents to his listeners is rocky soil. This type of soil would be easy for plants to sprout in, but not sustainable for long-term growth since the roots cannot take hold. Without deep roots, the plants will die in the sun or be swept away during a storm. Although the plants begin to grow without much effort, they will not survive the elements.

 I can remember so many “mountain top” experiences in my faith journey. Church camps, conferences, and even just moments of profound conviction. During all these exciting times I re-committed to seeking a deeper, more involved relationship with Jesus. I maintained this level of enthusiasm for a month or two and then, despite my good intentions, I reverted to skipping quiet times and only praying when I needed something. In letting my relationship with Jesus become dependent on these big moments, I can fail to actually put down roots. It can become so easy to thrive on and seek larger-than-life religious encounters and miss making Jesus a part of our daily lives. We will need to walk hand-in-hand with the Father when life gets hard or we will fall away. If we are jumping from mountain top to mountain top, are we creating closeness with the creator that will sustain us in times of trial?

Apply:

Today, let’s commit together to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. To let him put down roots in our life so that when hardship comes we will not be shaken. Finding this closeness takes time and consistency. Carve out some space in your life for learning about and loving Jesus. Dig deep into the Bible and hide God’s word in your heart. Consider regular quiet time, Bible reading, and scripture memorization to help you know Jesus more completely.

Closing Prayer:

Jesus, renew my dedication to knowing you more. Turn my heart towards you and continue to show me ways I can embed you in my life. Thank you for always chasing after me and accepting me back when I fall short. Amen.

Terry Schneider