Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

– Mark 4:16-17 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

The parable of the sower and the seed tells us that following Jesus is not achieved through an event. Our culture is filled with people who prayed a joyful prayer to become a Christian, but who never intended to rearrange their lives to walk in Jesus’ ways. This is has resulted in a population who believe that they “tried” Christianity and it didn’t work. Though faith in Christ begins with prayer, we need to prepare people for the struggles that lie ahead.

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