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Summary: the word of God is spread to everyone, it is the good soil to be fruitful.

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Illustration: Cup with half-filled water cup

What do you see on hand? Describe this water cup!

How we view the life is just like how we view this water cup. Some might say “It is half-empty.” The others might say, “It is half-filled.” The amount of water stays the same. The material or the size of this water cups stays the same. Some view it is empty, others view it is filled. What a different view! Totally opposite, isn’t it? Everyone sees differently about certain situation or an object they are same. We see things through our heart. So often time the language we use reflects our heart. Even various places in the Bible testifies that, too. Not only our language but our whole life style is reflected by our heart.

Have you hung out with people or dated a person who is so negative all the time. That kind of heart is never attractive, by the way. I used to be like that. Every summer, in my elementary school year, I was sent to the VBS in the prayer mountain. That was the time I was able to get away from home. That very thing excited me. Didn’t you? And also, I met a lot of people and made friends. I was the one who sang the song loudest, of course, I was so out of tune. I was the one who sneaked out at night even though I wasn’t supposed to. I was the one who laughed so much and talkative. At the end of the VBS, I always lost my voice. When I came back home, my mother always asked me, “How was it? Did you have fun?” With my almost gone husky voice, I tried my best to answer her question sincerely. I said, “I hated it. Food was terrible, the lodging was horrible, I didn’t like the teacher, etc.” Almost every other camp or VBS I went, My answer was somewhat similar – Negative!

One day, I guess my mother was so tired of my negative comments. She said, “Why do you keep going to the cam or the VBS if you don’t like it? You are the one who always lost the voice. You didn’t fight with your friends. You must have lost your voice because you were singing too hard or talking too much. Every circumstances indicate you had a fun. All you do is complaint. From now on, if you will be so negative about it, then don’t go!”

“Don’t go? Don’t go?” “I cannot sing? Or I cannot talk or run?” Well, I stopped complaining from that moment on.

Is anyone with me on this? Does this only happen to me? How about you? What kind of attitude do you have? What kind of heart do you have seeing the world through?

Today’s bible passage is about the heart. What kind of heart can bear fruits in one’s life and what kind of heart cannot bear anything and even dies.

In today’s bible passage is known as one of the parables of Jesus. What is a parables? It is simply short stories which has lesson embedded in it. Jesus used short story to illustrate the kingdom truth. He always used illustration, the short story to teach people, so people can understand the kingdom truth more easily. Jesus used stuff in the parables that ordinary people faces in daily living. Such as today’s bible passage, He used agricultural materials that people always dealing with in daily living.


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