I have to admit, I’m not much of a gardener.
In fact, the plants that survive best at my home, are the silk ones.
I do love digging in the dirt
and planting annuals in pots for the front porch.
They do provide a bright welcome to guests at the door.
But I must admit that since
I seldom come and go from the front door
of my own house,
I often forget to water them.
And when the Texas heat takes it’s toll…
well they’re no longer a welcome sight.
One home we bought had a lovely bed
of plantings in the front yard.
After a short season of neglect,
I soon named it, “High Maintenance Island.”
Within a year, I had a landscaping company come in,
tear it out, and replace it with sod.
Trust me, it looked much better as part of the lawn,
and traffic soon moved much more quickly down our street.
The cars no longer slowed down to stare… wondering,
“What HAS she’s done to that yard?”
“It USED to be so lovely.”
So… I’m not such a great gardener.
But, it’s not that I don’t appreciate the beauty of the garden.
I respect those who have a green thumb…
who water, weed, fertilize, trim, and pamper their gardens.
Maybe when I get to heaven, God will give me a job in a garden…
certainly I could learn a few things there.
And I bet I can’t kill a thing!
The best of all Gardeners, we know…
In fact, He knows all about gardening.
Jesus was there…
in the first Garden,
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him,
and without him was not any thing made
that was made.
I love that…
when He created the Garden of Eden,
it was in it’s full glory.
Not in seed form.
He spoke and there was YIELD…
to give forth or produce by natural process.
Jesus knew this word, YIELD,
from the Garden’s creation…
and brought it forth
to the days He walked the earth,
choosing His disciples,
and teaching the crowds.
Yet this word, YIELD,
carries with it, a harvest of meaning.
Growing from creation through eternity,
as I am beginning to discover.
So look at this:
In three of the Gospels written… Matthew, Mark and Luke,
we read of Jesus teaching to large crowds.
So large, in fact that Jesus stepped into a boat,
pushed out from shore, and taught from the water.
I bet his voice carried over the water.
What an amazing outdoor amphitheater that would have been!
He taught with many stories, in the form of parables.
These were life-like applications, given to the people,
so they might relate to the principals.
Rather than just hearing long readings from scrolls
as they did in the synogogues.
One of these most famous was the Parable of the Sower.
Interestingly, when He finished teaching the crowd,
His disciples asked Him, in private, what the parables meant.
I kind of like that Jesus hadn’t prepared them for this teaching.
He was letting them hear it for the first time…
just like the crowd.
But when He was alone, those around Him
with the twelve asked Him about the parable.
And He said to them, “To you it has been given
to know the mystery of the kingdom of God;
but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, (NKJV)
And this, obviously was so important,
that three of the Gospel accounts recorded it!
…“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom…”
…“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God,…“
The same phrase in all three gospels…
“it has been given.”
Jesus was basically saying to His disciples,
that they got the “inside track.”
The “Secret Code,” as it were.
But this is the amazing part… that phrase,
“has been given,”
has the very same, Greek meaning,
for YIELD that was found in the verse
from my last blog post.
For God so loved the world that he GAVE his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life
Isn’t that crazy?
The word YIELD is…
Greek: didómi (did’-o-mee)
Original Greek: δίδωμι
God is still GIVING…
God is amazing as He weaves
and links the Bible together in this wonderful way.
But this is not a “surrender” type of YIELD that we saw in John 3:16.
This is Jesus GIVING to His disciples the secrets to the Kingdom of Heaven!
He is GIVING…
permitting, them access to the wonderful world of this Kingdom.
And He tells them that they need to LISTEN.
“Pay attention to HOW YOU HEAR.” (Luke 8:18)
they are being given… because Jesus is YIELDing something to them
so that they can be given more… a YIELD in return.
Because, as He explains to them the parable,
He uses the very same YIELD, didómi, once again, in the Greek.
And he said to them,
“Pay attention to what you hear:
with the measure you use, it will be measured to you,
and still more will be added to you.
For to the one who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Mark 4:24-25 (also in Matthew and Luke)
don’t get the same, “WOW,” as I do.
But these are puzzle pieces,
the truths of His Word.
They are truly amazing.
The same Greek word,
Jesus was at Creation…
in the Garden,
giving us the perfect YIELD.
He tried to bless us
But sin entered in.
And Adam and Eve
tried to pridefully take
what was not theirs.
They did not YIELD
to God’s one rule.
we all fall short of God’s perfect standard.
We all are in need of a Savior.
So God GAVE… His Son
He chose to YIELD.
Jesus came to earth
and He began to teach us
about the YIELD.
First, his teaching about the Sower,
scattering seed… the Word of God,
He did not judge the soil… the heart,
He cast it in all directions…. offering Himself to everyone.
The depth of the soil, the culture of the surroundings
and the presence of evil…
can affect the YIELD.
As for that in the good soil, they are those who,
hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart,
and bear fruit (produce) with patience.
Luke 8:15 (ESV)
(Mark 4:20, Matthew 13:23)
So this is my prayer, Jesus…
Since I may not be a great gardener,
but, create in me good soil.
Make me one who hears the Word,
receives and accepts it,
and bears much fruit.
Lord, I am willing…
That You would bring a YIELD,
a harvest of blessing in my life.
I realize that it may not always be material blessing…
things that the eye can see,
hands can touch, or world can measure.
But blessings that enrich hearts,
deepen faith, and
stretch past the safe circle of myself.
Lord, I long to have deep roots.
Remind me, daily…
to water, tend to, and fertilize
of the heart.
Let me YIELD to know
the mystery of God.
Explanation of the Parable of the Sower:
11 Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
12 Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter].
13 And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof).
14 And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection).
15 But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.
If this, or any of my devotionals
encourage you, in any way,
PLEASE be sociable,
I’d love for my website to GROW.
I choose to be rooted in Him…
for that very purpose.