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01/19/2010

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A Plate Too Full?


"Still others, like seed sown among thorns hear the word; but worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful" (Mark 4:18 & 19).

Some little sayings stick around for a long time and are used over and over again. One of those phrases that I have grown tired of, because it is almost always used as an excuse is; "I've got too much on my plate." I look at this saying as being more applicable at a buffet than as an excuse for inaction. Our plates are usually about as full as we make them, and shouldn't hinder us from doing the really important things of life. Today's verse is from the Parable of the Sower. This parable gives some practical advice about conditions that hinder growth. The one I am using today has to do with interference.

The good farmer know just how far apart to plant each plant. He also knows that it will grow the best when other plants like weeds, will not compete with them for water, nutrients or sunlight. Have you ever watched a youth league soccer game. You never have to wonder where the ball is. Just look for the crowd of young players that have descended around it. The "flow of the game" is hindered because there is no movement of the ball from player to player, just a mass of players fighting over it. And so it can get with our spiritual lives. So many good things to get accomplished, but a plate so full that they can't get done. Jesus gave us sound teaching about this. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matt. 6:33). We need to check out that plates from time to time and determine what needs to be on them. They must first contain the nutrients of life....

Things like the cares of the world or desire for "things" are not what should be filling our plates. Seeking His kingdom first means to get our priorities in order. Reading the Word ought to be on our plates. Prayer should be there too. A healthy portion of fellowship is good for us also. Jesus taught about the danger of outside interference. That which chokes out the seed, keeps the plant from growing and bearing fruit. That which interferes with us growing spiritually does exactly the same things. If we desire to have a healthy spiritual crop, we may need to weed out some things in our lives. Some things will just have to get off of those plates...

Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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