“3 And He spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:3-9
For some, the superficial religious rituals have unknowingly replaced the knowledge of God in their heart. The Gospel Seed was planted but quickly withered as satan corrupted the sowing ground of their heart with another gospel and another Jesus. The labor of religion has dissipated any love, joy or peace once planted because the sun came up and they were scorched. They had no root and their faith withered away.
“28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The Yoke of Jesus Christ is His Cross; a place of great burden for our Lord but great blessing for those who have believed upon Him. Learn of Jesus, Who He is and what He did and you will find rest in Him. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will bring forth fruit unto God.
Beware of superficial religious rituals and vain philosophies manifesting themselves in our hearts and replacing the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5
The Yoke of Jesus Christ is still easy. It is us, the lusts of our flesh, who have failed to cast down imaginations which have exalted themselves against the knowledge of our Lord.
-Donna Clark Warren