A number of people have been talking to me about the parable of the soils since we looked at it in Mark 4 a couple of weeks ago. They have been struck by the challenge as to how to avoid being the third soil – entangled by the weeds of a love of this world. We’ve been talking about the steps we can take to be the fourth soil.
One thought I had was to talk to older saints who are clearly the fourth soil – that is, they really know God’s word – and when I say ‘know’ I don’t mean they just know the ideas, the really ‘know’ the Scriptures so that they can bring God’s word to bear on any topic or conversation.
Often, when I talk to people like that, one of the things they talk about is working hard to memorise Scripture. In past generations Christians worked hard at memorising Scripture, but this habit has been lost for many of the generations that followed. We teach our children memory verses, but do we learn them ourselves?
In fact, I wonder if for many of the older saints, they ever actually applied themselves to memorising verses at all. Instead, I wonder if that is just a wonderful side effect of regular quiet times – spending time in the Scriptures each day. Perhaps the reason people of my generation don’t seem to be able to quote the Scriptures as well and as deeply is that we have gotten out of the good Christian habit of daily Bible reading?
So, if you are not in that habit, don’t read on. Instead, make a commitment to read the Scriptures yourself and get that aspect of the Christian life right. However, for the rest of us, here are some memory verses for this week. Why not encourage each other by sharing them with one another over morning tea or supper next Sunday?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
1Tim. 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.