Before God Speaks, Decide to Say “Yes”
By Rick Warren
“The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit.” Luke 8:15 (GNT)
God speaks to people who decide they’re going to do what he tells them to do, even before he tells them.
This kind of person says things like, “God, if you want me to move, I’ll move. If you want me to get married, I’ll get married. If you want me to leave this job, I’ll leave this job. Before you even tell me, my answer is ‘yes.’ Whatever you want me to do, I will do it.”
Luke 8:15 says, “The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit” (GNT).
I used to study this parable of Jesus and think it was talking about four kinds of people: those who are resistant, those who are shallow, those who are busy, and those who are good.
But this parable actually represents four attitudes. You can have all four attitudes in the same day! One moment you think, “God, I don’t want to hear you, because I know what you’re going to say.” And the next moment you say, “Lord, tell me quickly.” Then you hear it and think it’s good, but you don’t do anything about it. Maybe the fruit starts to appear in your life, but then you get busy with your job or school or your kids, and the weeds grow up. Then other times you say, “God, do whatever you want. I’m totally open to you.”
God wants you to have an attitude of obedience so that you can bear fruit—the biblical term for being successful. God wants you to be fruitful in your business, your family, your friendships, your relationship with him, your relationships with others, and your health.
What’s the best and quickest way to bear fruit? By taking what God has told you and sharing it to someone else.
Another version of Luke 8:15 says, “They listen to God’s words and cling to them and steadily spread them to others who also soon believe” (TLB).
When God tells you something, accept it with an obedient heart and then share it with someone else!
For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!
God has an adventure for you—and every day is an invitation to say ‘yes’ to his plans.
We want to help you hear from him, follow his lead, and see his hand at work in your life with the brand-new Daily Hope Prayer Journal—our way to say thanks for your gift below.
And thanks to a generous $100,000 Matching Grant, your gift will be DOUBLED to bring the hope of Jesus to even more people!
This soft, vegan leather prayer journal features . . .
• Beautifully designed pages filled with stunning artwork
• Inspiring Bible verses to encourage you each day
• Special sections to help you keep track of your prayers
It’s the perfect way to connect with the Lord through a consistent daily prayer time.
Request your Daily Hope Prayer Journal when you have your gift below doubled. We pray this journal helps you step into the adventure God has waiting for you!
All gifts will be doubled up to the full amount of the grant. Thank you for your generous support!
*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.