I have been craving some boiled peanuts for quite some time. Some of you are wondering what on earth is a boiled peanut. It’s a southern thing. You take some raw peanuts and boil them with a bunch of salt. Well I thought that all I had to do was boil them for a little while, and they would be ready to eat. Boy was I wrong. In fact, it takes almost two days to prepare the peanuts. You first have to soak them in an extremely salty brine for at least 24 hours. Then you boil them for more than four hours. Well my hopes and dreams were dashed once I read the directions for making them, but I did it anyways in order to get my delicious southern treat.
Often times we thing that the Christian life is something that is quick and easy to sustain. We want the benefits of spiritual maturity without the work involved in obtaining it. In order to be a mature Christian we have to be in daily prayer and read His Word daily. Jesus talked about the four types of people who hear His Word based on their responses.
““A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Other seed fell on the rock; when it sprang up, it withered, since it lacked moisture. Other seed fell among thorns; the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. Still other seed fell on good ground; when it sprang up, it produced a crop: 100 times what was sown.” As He said this, He called out, “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen! ”” – Luke 8:5-8
While the passage above focuses on salvation, I have a couple of things I want you to think about.
1) To be that crop that yields 100 times what was sown, doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and work to grow into being strong disciples in Christ.
2) Often times we stop growing because we let the world consume us like the thorn bushes.