Tuesday, 30 June 2009
I was thinking about the parable of planting seeds and how I can relate to it. The passage talks about how the seeds land on three different patches of land. Each set of land gives a different outcome for the seed on it. Jesus explained that the parable was about hearing teachings and how people will understand them differently. The seed grows the best when it falls on the right soil. Likewise, the teaching is understood best when a person learns from it and does something with what he learned.
To me this is another reason why going to church is a good thing. While at times, the sermons can seem repetitious and I may feel like I already know what is getting preached, hearing something I already know being preached on again may help me to grow in my understanding of that subject. This is why people reread the Bible after they have already read it. Going over the Bible a second time gives a greater understanding of the word, but also reveals things that were unclear on the first read.
Personally, I used to dwell on the fact that something was being taught on yet again. I would sit in my seat and tune out what was being said. I had the idea that I knew all that I already needed to know about any particular subject. However, I quickly learned that with God there is always room to grow. I try to look forward to having subjects being taught on again. It gives me an opportunity to look for something I might not understand.
Do you think it's important to have subjects taught multiple times?