A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.
How often do you walk the same path? We probably do it far more often than we realize. I know my dogs do, they have walked and run the same path in my backyard enough that they have killed the grass. They have created a trail through the grass. I see the same thing in some places around the church as people cut through the grass heading home – they wear it out they walk the same direction so much. Animals do it in the woods, we call them game trails. Paths are everywhere in life and we tend to always walk the same ones.
Jesus told a parable about a sower who was spreading some seed. Some of that seed fell along the path. Jesus said the seed is the Word of God and the devil was able to steal it from those on this well beaten path before they were able to allow it to do a work in them – before they could be saved. It struck me, how many times do I walk the same path trampling right over the Word God has for me, leaving it for the devil to devout?
We walk these paths because they are easy, comfortable, and known. They lead us in a direction with little effort or even though – we just have to stay on the path. The crowd is in front of us walking the same path – so might as well follow along. The thing is, these paths become a distraction and often don’t lead us in a good direction, especially if we are trampling God’s Word while we walk them.
These paths could easily represent the busyness and distractions in life. All the things, the sin, that keeps us from seeing and hear the Lord. So long as we stay in it or on it, we keep trampling over the seed God has cast before us. Would you join me in slowing down, looking around, and perhaps getting off the well beaten path so we can better hear and see the Word of God? I don’t know about you, but I want to stop trampling God’s Word and start living in it.
Walking with you,
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.