Chapter 8 (Part I)
25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
The disciples felt fear of drowning due to the raging water, strong wind, and the storm, but Jesus was with them. Jesus calmed the storm and asked them this question, “Where is your faith?”.
I was born 1, 989 years after Jesus left the Earth; I’m not with Him physically, but every time the storms of life came and toss me and fear covers me already, I still do the same thing the apostles did, I still bother Jesus, I would still call His name until the storm calms. “Where is my faith? Where does my faith grow? In a rocky ground? In thorns? Or in a good soil?”
I know where my faith is right now, I am digging down deep to the foundation (the Rock) where my faith will grow.
And by my growing faith, Jesus said these:
48 … “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
50… “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
I am healed. I am in peace. I shall not be afraid, all I have to do is just believe.
Is my faith good already? I know I am growing, but is it enough?
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground 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. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
The one who is deeply rooted and has a strong foundation will spring in a good soil, and will or must grow to produce a good fruit.
We all know that faith without action is dead, but this parable for me is saying, faith without sharing is worthless. The word of God is meant for every creation, if I hear His words and doesn’t live in His words, I’m dumb, but if I hear His words and keep it to myself, I’m worthless.
Jesus said that a light is made for every one to see, same thing with His words, it is for every one to hear and believe.
16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. – Luke 8:16
God indeed is a generous God, here are some hidden promises that I found when we practice and share our faith:
18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”
21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
Whoever has will be given more! Isn’t this amazing? Jesus is already more than enough, but He said whoever have Him will be given more. And by faith in practice, we are not just servants or followers of Jesus but He called us as His brothers, the children of God.