Saturday, June 26, 2010

daily text 6/26

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
"The ones that were sown on the fine soil are those who listen to the word and favorably receive it." (Mark 4:20)

Is the response of the ones hearing the word predetermined? No. Whether they resemble fine soil or not is up to them. Indeed, a person's heart condition can change for good or for bad. (Romans 6:17) In his illustration, Jesus said that "as soon as [some] have heard" the word, Satan comes and takes it away. (Mark 4:15) But this does not have to happen. At James 4:7, Christians are encouraged to "oppose the Devil," and then he will flee from them. Jesus describes others as accepting the word initially with joy but then being stumbled because of having "no root in themselves." (Mark 4:17) But servants of God are admonished to "be rooted and established on the foundation" so that they may be able to grasp mentally "what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of the Christ which surpasses knowledge."—Ephesians 3:17-19; Colossians 2:6, 7
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 3:6, 10)