"'A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some of the seed fell along the path, and were trodden down, and the wild birds ate them up. Another portion of them fell upon the rock, and as soon as they sprang up, they withered, because they had no moisture. Still another portion fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with them and choked them out. And another portion fell in rich soil and grew and yielded a crop of a hundredfold.' As He said this, He exclaimed, 'Let him who has ears to hear with, listen!'" (Luke 8.5-8)
We have seen in the three previous posts that many people will find a reason to reject Jesus Christ sooner or later. Christ knew this and wasn't shy about stating how difficult it can be to be his follower. Today we are treated with the fourth kind of heart/soil, that of the faithful disciple.
4. Some folks become disciples that abide.
Jesus expounds on the fourth type as follows:
"And another portion fell in rich soil and grew and yielded a crop of a hundredfold.' As He said this, He exclaimed, 'Let him who has ears to hear with, listen!'" (Luke 8.8)
I hope the previous three posts haven't been too depressing because Jesus did tell us that a remnant will persevere, will endure with him to the end. These are the faithful Christians who multiply blessings on the earth with their integrity and love.
No, Christianity isn't easy but with Christ's help it is possible. Imagine the blessing of entering into God's presence as a faithful follower! And understand this: it is your decision if you will do so. The pages of your book aren't completed yet (so to speak) and you determine how it will end.
No, living for Jesus Christ isn't easy in this life but his rewards to his Christians are extravagant. Consider his rewards to the the faithful Christians of Asia Minor:
"Let everyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give to him who conquers the privilege of eating the fruit of the tree of life that stands in the paradise of God." (Rev 2.7)
"Let everyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be hurt at all by the second death." (Rev 2.11)
"Let everyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give to him who conquers some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone with a new name written on it which no one knows except the man who receives it." (Rev 2.17)
"To him who conquers and continues to the very end to do the works that please me, I will give authority over the heathen; he will govern them with a scepter of iron and shatter them like earthen jars -- just such authority as I have received from my Father -- and I will give him the morning star." (Rev 2.26-28)
"Whoever conquers will be clothed this way -- in white clothes -- and I will never blot his name out of the book of life, but I will own him as mine in the presence of my Father and His angels." (Rev 3.5)
"I will make him who conquers a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall never again go out of it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name." (Rev 3.12)
"I will give to him who conquers the privilege of taking his seat with me on my throne, just as I have conquered and taken my seat with my Father on His throne." (Rev 3.21)
Don't you want a happy ending?