may26Continuing on with my theme of who will or won’t believe, I present what Jesus said regarding the parable he told of the four kinds of ground which the gospel seeds fell into. Matthew 13:18-23 (KJV) reads:

18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and  understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received  seed by the way side.
20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he  is offended.
22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.may26a

Christ had a large following of believers but almost all of them had ulterior motives. As he said in John 6:26 (KJV), “Jesus answered them and said, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.'”

Many folks are like that today. They only want God to give them what they crave without surrendering their lives to him. The Bible says that only dedicated followers of Christ will bmay26be admitted to his kingdom.

In my How I Was Razed memoir, I demonstrated how an errant house church misled me and how I found the truth at last. Please check it out on Amazon or message me on Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. That is so true what you said, Bruce! In John 6 after Jesus fed the 5,000 plus people, the people wanted to make Him their political king. They only wanted our Lord for their political goals and also wanted to focus on the physical concerns, not their spiritual condition of being lost. When He explained about Himself being the Bread of Life, they thought only of the physical bread. When He told them what it meant to be a true disciple and follower of Jesus, their response went like this: This is a hard saying; who can know it! If they misunderstood what the Lord said, He would have asked them the question of whether they misunderstood Him; instead, He asked if what He said offended them. They well understood what Jesus meant when He spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, and then He explains so no one can misinterpret His words. Jesus said the words He spoke to them were spirit and life, but not all believed. Jesus knew in Himself who did not believe and who would betray Him. After a few more words to show what discipleship meant, some of the saddest words in Old and New Testament appear near the end of John 6: From that point onward, many of His disciples went away and no longer followed Him. They only wanted Jesus as long as He performed the miracles, fed them with physical bread and other food, and also their political aspirations; but when it came to their biggest need for spiritual healing and salvation, they did not want that. I could cite other examples of this in the Gospels, such as the rich young ruler mentioned in Matthew, Mark, and Luke who came to ask Jesus what he needed to do for salvation. Jesus first wanted to know why this young man called Him Good, as only God is Good. The Lord then recited some of the Ten Comandments, and the young man said he kept all those from his youth. Jesus then said he needed to sell everything he had to give to the poor, and then take up the cross and follow Him (Jesus). The sad words then come, that when the rich young ruler heard this, he went away sad, as he had great posessions. People will either want Jesus for what they can get from our Lord, or else they want to cling to what will one day fade away. Roger Brannon

  2. What you wrote here is so true, Roger. Many Christians today are like those people. To them, God is a Santa in the sky who is duty-bound to give them everything their corrupted hearts desire. Jesus demands a total commitment from his followers but that was too much for most people, and it still is.

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