This past Sunday was a BLAST! We started off with squirt guns and shaving cream. The competitors started off with their backs to each other before turning to squirt the shaving cream off of their opponents forehead. It was really messy and even funner to watch!
The message was “How’s Your Heart?”. We looked at Luke 8:1-15NIV,
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
We talked about four types of soil, or in our case, four types of hearts/heart conditions that we may be dealing with.
1. The Careless Heart
This represents the seed that falls along the path and those who hear the Word of God and the truth it brings, but choose to do nothing with it. This allows Satan to rob us of the blessing and work that God desires to do in our lives..
2. The Shallow Heart
This represents the rocky ground. It also represents someone who hears the Word, is excited about it at first, but then falls away when things get difficult because they have no root, or it becomes inconvenient. A shallow heart doesn’t have the deep roots or commitment necessary to grow stronger in their walk with Jesus, and can also represent those who may claim to love Jesus but have no desire to change their lives to truly follow him.
3. The Distracted Heart
Many of us hear the word and are excited to act on and follow it, but the distractions of life choke out our excitement and motivation. These distractions can be anything from sin, busy schedules, school, work, extra-curricular activities, applying to college, family problems, problems with friends, etc. Many of these things aren’t bad in and of themselves, but they can become major distractions if we don’t have our priorities straight or
have the right approach to life.
4. The Productive/Determined Heart
This represents the person who hears the word, acts on it, and stays committed to growing and persevering through the hard times in life to become more like Jesus. Notice that Jesus didn’t say that this ground didn’t have any rocks, thorns, or weeds. He simply shows us that what was present wasn’t strong enough to stop the seed from growing and producing. We each have a choice to either allow the distractions in life to kill and steal our motivation, or can push through the obstacles to grow in the life that God created us for.
After the message, the students split back up into their small groups to talk about the message and which of the four types of hearts they felt currently most described their lives. We closed the night out by having the leaders pray for the students in their group before working on our Garbonics routine for Christmas!
Have an AWESOME and BLESSED week!