Life As a Desert Ephemeral


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Sow What? Life As a Desert Ephemeral

Matthew 13:1-6, 18, 20-21

13 That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake.2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore.

3 He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed.4 As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. 6 But when the sun came up, it scorched the plants, and they dried up because they had no roots.

18 “Consider then the parable of the farmer.

20 As for the seed that was spread on rocky ground, this refers to people who hear the word and immediately receive it joyfully.21 Because they have no roots, they last for only a little while. When they experience distress or abuse because of the word, they immediately fall away.

 

Focus:

Again, the sower seems unconcerned about carefully sowing seed so it only lands in the good soil. This time some of the seed lands in rock, germinates and quickly dies, because there is no depth. (Some desert ephemerals complete their entire life cycle in as little as ten days).

The average life-span (how long they stay Christian) of a new Christian is less than a year. According to a study by the Barna-Group 70-80% of new Christians quit within 12 months. Primarily because the promises that were made, such as:

  • All your troubles will be solved
  • The Bible has all the answers
  • You will be blessed beyond measure

do not hold true. There may be the “consumer Christian,” maybe it isn’t the heart of the person receiving the word that is shallow, but the fruit (theology) that is offered to the person.

Stewardship thoughts:

  • Shallow giving:
    1. Giving only in response to a belief that one is guaranteed to receive even more
    2. Giving from the left-overs
  • We need to spend our resources to reach the next-Christian as well as develop deep faith in the already Christian

Prayer Focus:

For the “dones” That is those who have given-up on the church and/or following Christ
 

Reflect on:

1) What are some circumstances you encountered that challenged your faith?
2) What have you found to help your faith grow deep?

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