Sometimes we lose sight of hope because life gets tough and we don’t understand how it all got so messy so fast. The great news is that no matter what mess you’re in, the Lord wants to plant seeds of faith, hope, and love to grow despite the surroundings. Take time today to read over Colossians 1:5-6 and write down some of the things that seem “messy” in your life right now. As you look over that list, write the words ‘GOD’S GOT THIS’ over each item. Pray over that list, that you would continue to lean into the faith and love that God has planted in your heart, mind, and soul no matter what comes your way!
Galatians 5:7 poses a great question regarding our ability to trust the Lord even when the storms of life come our way. Is there something happening in your life that makes you doubt that God can truly shine light in the darkness you’re facing? Take a walk outside today and look at all the things that are growing around you in nature. Remember that these creations also survived the darkness of night. As you walk, clear your mind of any worries and think about all the things God has grown in you up to this point. As you pray today, ask God to help you keep following and believing His truth when the worry comes.
When a seed is planted and tended to, it generally produces a harvest. The same is true in our lives when it comes to the seeds of faith we tend to in our own lives. Galatians 5:22-23 gives us a guide for the fruit we hope to produce as followers of Christ, walking in the light of the Holy Spirit. These fruits include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How have you seen these fruits showing up in your life? Take time out in prayer today to thank God for planting these seeds in your life and ask Him to help you as you continue tending to those fruits in your everyday life.
The roads we travel on in life are often unpredictable, but the constant is this—the journey is always more fulfilling and easier to manage when we invite others to join us on the way. Is there someone you know who needs a traveling companion on their road of life? Is there someone in your circle of friends or workplace who needs some hope in the journey? Read over Romans 12:9-16 today and think about who you can invite to attend an Easter service with you this weekend. Ask the Lord to help give you the courage to take a bold step and invite them to hear a story of hope, freedom, and full life in the risen King!
Just as the thorns in the Parable of the Sower tried to choke out life and growth, we are reminded today, on Good Friday, of the crown of thorns that placed on Jesus’ head leading up to His crucifixion. They tried to choke out the hope and promise of Jesus, not realizing that God had a different ending in mind. As you reflect today on the sacrifice of Jesus and the dark times He overcame, read over John 19 and think about how God can take the thorns of life you are facing and lead you, through faithful trust in Him, to a different ending than the one you have in mind. Thank Him for His sacrifice as you pray today.
TALK IT OVER
- What’s your favorite fresh fruit or vegetable to eat?
- Have you ever planted a garden? If so, what’s the biggest lesson you learned from gardening?
- If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow?
- What did this message on The Parable of the Sower challenge you to consider when it comes to growing your faith?
- How do you see God planting seeds in your life?
- What are some things that you are worried about that you know God wants to take off your plate?
- What are some things that you are grateful for?
- How do you think God can use your passions and gifting to reflect His tender love and mercy to others?
- Who is someone you can invest into through faith and life?