Keys to Understanding
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January 10, 2024

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit ... 

Matthew 13:23

Fruitful Christian lives reflect God’s love through thanks, praise, service, and obedience. On our own, these four things (especially obedience) are a mighty tall order. Thankfully, we’re not on our own. In the parable of the sower, Jesus provides the key to being able to live a fruitful life — hearing and understanding God’s Word.

Again, not leaving us on our own, God provides the key to understanding his Word. He sends “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding” (Isaiah 11:2), “... that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12). When we understand his Word, the contrast between the impossible-to-keep law and the saving gospel of grace, we are moved by the Spirit to respond with thanks and praise and, yes, joyful service and obedience.

Marj Maynard
Pipe Creek, TX

Thank you, Father, for providing the keys to faithful and fruitful living. Amen.

Reflect: Ask the Spirit to guide you into understanding the Word and living faithfully.

Read: 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 and Colossians 1:9-10