Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
When it comes to seed falling on stony ground Jesus said it all when he explained that the seed falling on stony or 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.
Some of the seedlings I started are being grown hydroponically and have massive roots because of the nutrients being fed to them constantly. That's what makes us grow, physically or spiritually. We don't let our children skip their meals or selectively decide what they are going to eat and what they are not going to eat. We basicly force feed them to get them fully grown. Yet we are always making decisions on what we want to eat spiritually often ignoring the light within that wants to lead us to a place or person who can provide the nutrients we need for better root development and a healthier spiritual life. Mystics don't want to sing songs of praise out loud. Pentacostals don't want to spend time in silence waiting on the Spirit. It's like my hydroponic plants' need for the proper PH. Too high or low and they will not produce fruit. They might yellow or just shrivel up. Same with our spiritual lives. There's a proper range for each of us that the Sower knows. Sometimes we need a little more quiet time and sometimes a little more fellowship. Sometimes a little more giving and sometimes a little more receiving. Sometimes we need to sit and listen to a beautiful worship song and yet at other times we need to join a loud crowd of worshipers in song and just get lost in the words and presence of a God who inhabits the praises of His people. Fortunately we know the light dwells within each of us so all we have to do is trust the Light and follow it where it leads. It wants to make sure our roots develop and we are not spiritual victims of stony ground - a heart or community set in its ways that doesn't want to know anything other than what it already knows is true. After all we claim to be a people of continuing revelation and not followers of a creed. Do we live that way or is it just an excuse for not deciding what we actually believe? The true test of belief comes when we are faced with individual crisis of faith and/or integrity. That's when we need those roots.