Mark 3:35 - 4:1 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
What a privilege to be related to the God of the universe – the self-existing One! I am His child by adoption, I am the sister of Christ by His blood, and I am in His family if I do the Will of God.
Mark 4:20-25 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. 21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
I want to be that good ground upon which the Word of God can fall, and bring forth fruit. I know that this parable speaks of salvation by the Word, but there is application to a saved person hearing the Word. Oh Lord – what kind of ground am I? Am I in the hand of Satan, allowing him to pluck the Word out of my heart? Am I easily offended and weak so that I can not endure tribulation? Am I allowing worldly affections to choke your Word? I want it to fall on supple soil ready for planting that will yield fruit an hundred fold.