Matthew 13:20-21 – The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Have you noticed how many people fall away from the faith or from a vision from the Lord?
Of the 1,100-some people who were saved in Billy Graham’s 1986 Tacoma Dome crusade, only a handful could be found to have been added to the local churches just one year later – even though nearly 100 of those churches had pledged to offer follow-up support in the crusade’s aftermath.
Persecution, trouble, winds of adversity, testing, contradiction and hardship will often overpower a new convert or a person walking in a new word.
During this time of tempest, when the will can be its weakest, we are called to help them overcome and persevere.
When you find, seek out and attach yourself to a new or struggling believer, you have done a great service to them – and to the King. Through our studies in horticulture, my wife and I have learned how to strengthen a tree until its roots are deep. We start by attaching the tree to something strong. Maybe several stakes are driven into the ground around the tree to provide stability against the persecution of storms.
As members of Christ’s body, we serve in this capacity to one another. This is why we come early and leave late. This is why we can’t live our Christian life separated from the body of Christ. This is why we look for new people to connect with. This is why we inquire and seek to know people. We want to be strength to the weak and stability to those who are shaken. We want to be the stake in the ground that others can cling to when storms come. We want to see them flourish right along with us.
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