Mark 4:1-20, Ephesians 5:1-14
Paul calls Christians to be imitators of God. Eph 5:1 He then addresses certain behaviors that God’s people are to avoid; sexual immorality, impurity, greed, and coarse language or obscene behavior. Such expressions are inconsistent with what our Lord desires from us. Many read through this passage or hear these words again and again, yet soon forget them. Before long, those things we seek to eliminate from our self-expressions creep back into our daily lives.
In Mark 4:2-20, Jesus talks about a farmer who sowed seeds. Jesus then related those seeds to God’s word. He pointed out how Satan and the many distractions in this world work to undermine God’s word sown among us causing us to drift away.
How do we overcome this? First, take God’s words to heart and strive to become focused on our Lord’s teachings. Take serious your need to take time for daily devotions and prayer. Regularly read and study the Bible, go to church and join others in Bible study. Faithfully follow this discipline and our Lord will take care of the rest. As James wrote, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8
Prayer: Gracious Lord, help me to be an imitator of Jesus Christ in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Guide me in drawing nearer to you and direct me daily to embrace your enduring word. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.