Topic: The Sower’s Efforts [Teens Open Heavens 20, April 2018]

Memorise: He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. Proverbs 28:19

Read: Matthew 13:3-8 (KJV)

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 30-31, Luke 17:20-37

MESSAGE:

The parable of the sower is an interesting story that is still relevant to us today. In life, everyone attempting to move to the next level is a sower, and the seeds are his efforts. As a person who is in school, you are always attempting to move to the next level or the next class, and this makes you a sower. Your efforts invested in reading, doing assignments and preparations are the seed sown towards realization of your goal. There are many things that can steal your seeds before it grows, and leave you empty handed. Laziness is a very dangerous thing in the life of a student, and it is something you must be very careful of. Procrastination is another thing that kills your seed. When you are supposed to read, or do your assignments and you postpone it, you might end up not doing it at all, which would impact you negatively down the road.

Your seed is very important to you as a sower, because it is an investment in your future. Put maximum efforts into reading, studying, doing your assignments and attending classes when due. Your seed will yield 100 fold in Jesus’ name.

Action Point: If your effort towards success is not commensurate with your expected level of success, it will breed disappointment. Step up your effort in every area of your life.

If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Teen Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye’’

Hymn 2:

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.