I am fully aware that I have preached to you from this passage before but wanted to share the same today for a very good reason. As your Pastor I am responsible for your personal spiritual growth. You know sometimes we get complacent in our Christian walk which hinders our spiritual growth. When that happens I have to stir your nest and remind you to start moving forward again. So, I am going to stir your nest tonight. Now, like I told you the last time I preached from this passage, Jesus spoke about four different groups of people that are in the Church.
Read Mark 4:1-20
1. Christ Rejecters
These are people who come to church for years but reasons other than Christ. They hear the word but are not saved. They live the same way they were used to live before started coming to church. So many of such people are going to burn in hell one day because they “almost” got saved. The King James Version says that King Agrippa said in response to Paul’s Gospel presentation “almost thou persuades me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28). Almost is not good enough. Carefully notice the phrase, “As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Satan is working relentlessly to keep sinners from being saved.
2. Worldly Believers
Some seeds fell upon the rock and begin to sprout but are quickly uprooted because they have no roots. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they are quickly offended. These are the worldly minded believers who will be offended by the word and will compromise with the world and stoop down to any worldly standard to stay on toe with the world at the same time keeping one foot in church. They don’t believe in separation from the world.
3. Selfish Believers
Some seeds fell upon the ground and begin to sprout, but are choked by weeds and never grow to produce any fruit. These are the believers who are very selfish and self-centered who are so busy enjoying life that they never have time for serving God. They will go to church when it’s convenient, give some offering, go for fellowship meetings, but they have wrong priorities in Life.
These are the believers who are sitting on the premises of the church rather than standing on the promises of God. Most believers today belong to this category living in pleasure thinking how they can spend their next pay check while the world around them is going to hell. They are Materialistic, and only interested in protecting their personal interests.
4. True believers
Then there’s the seed that fell upon the ground and grow healthy and produce fruit. How wonderful to have believers who bring a hundred to the Lord. What will this temporal life matter 100 years from now or 10,000 years from now? All that matters will be when we die whether we died in the Lord and that we spent our life living for the Lord.
You must understand that this is not a message of judgment. But tonight I want you to examine your own life in the light of what I told you because even a true believer can become a Christ denying, worldly or selfish unless he guards his soul closely and it’s only a matter of time.
Adopted from a message by Rev. Roy Isaac