The Shallow Heart
MATTHEW 13:20–21--“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, immediately he stumbles.”
Jesus’ earthly homeland rested on a limestone shell, covered by a thin layer of rich soil. Seed sown where the limestone hadn’t been broken up withered quickly because roots couldn’t develop.
Shallow–hearted people take in the Gospel seed quickly, believing it will position them for rewards and prosperity. But when testing comes, the shallow–hearted person will turn away from Christ every time.
Put your roots down deep in God’s Word. Study it daily, meditate upon it, pray it. Do this individually and with others. Allow God to break up the rocky soil that encases your heart, even though it may be painful. Get serious about the Lord and watch Him change your heart!
Spiritual Heart Focus
Ask God to intensify your hunger for His Word and commit yourself to systematic study and memorization of the Scripture.
Physical Heart Focus
When dieting, break your overall goal into small segments, and celebrate the loss of one pound because it leads ultimately to the loss of 20, if you stay with it.