What the little girl heard (Matthew 13)

“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 13:16

This mornings reading comes from Matthew 13 where Jesus engages in the telling of eight parables all relating to one subject: “Salvation.”  With each parable we see the richness and seriousness of the gospel.

The first parable is very familiar to most who read this blog.  The familiar words of Jesus flow through our minds, “a sower went out to sow…”

This morning I have to pause and publicly praise the Lord for the seed of the gospel.  Jesus is the one who sows the gospel in our lives.  Jesus identifies no less than 4 different types of soil (hearts) that He sows the gospel toward.

  • The first heart reminds me of those who openly reject the gospel.  Their heart is hard and easily they reject what Jesus says.
  • The second heart reminds me of those who have no investment in the gospel.  They hear the gospel, pray to receive Jesus at someone’s request.  However they never surrender their life to Jesus.
  • The third heart reminds me of those who see no benefit in the gospel.  They also hear and pray, but for them, the things of the world hold more benefit.
  • The fourth heart reminds me of the little girl who truly heard the gospel yesterday.  She immediately bore fruit because she was saved.

Who was this little girl?  She was the first of over one hundred children in a remote village in Malawi who responded to the gospel that I was honored to share.

This little girl stood up in the midst of a crowded small church building and said by her standing, “I want to be a follower of Jesus.”  I was so amazed as she stood up.  No one else stood at first.  They all just looked at her.  But then as my interpreter pleaded with the rest of the group to respond to the gospel, they one by one began to hear and then to respond to the gospel call.

The gospel began with Jesus and then it spread to the Apostles and then it began to spread to the world, finally it came into my hometown in nowhere Eastern Kentucky.  Now it has come into a little girls heart in Malawi Africa.

Brothers and sisters, “I am so thankful for the gospel.”  The words of Jesus in this chapter ring so true:

31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

May you and I have the same fruit bearing faith as that little girl to stand up for Jesus in the crowded places where we live this day!!!

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