Today we continue to share the different types of fields that can receive the seed of God’s word found in Matthew Chapter 13. Another type of field that Jesus describes is rocky soil. The seed of the word falls on this type of soil, and it says this is the person who springs up with joy and they plan to take action. They want to accomplish their call and move towards their purpose. They are really excited about it, but then trouble or persecution comes, and they are offended, as proclaimed in the King James version of the Bible. After that, it’s all over. That’s an interesting response, isn’t it? It’s not that they got destroyed, ruined, or their bodies broken, it’s that they got offended.
In today’s world, regardless of whether your opinions are right, left or center, taking offense to something and pride seem to be virtues. Whether it’s school pride or American pride, I understand the sentiment. However, I think it would be better if we used a different word and approach. Your pride says, I’m offended, that’s not right at all, and in response, it fights back. Instead, let’s trade pride for self-respect and self-esteem. When self-esteem and self-respect are offended, what do they say? They simply say, I don’t have time for this and they move on.
Friend, there are some people who will initially get excited about your faith, your movement, your business, your creativity, or your community project, but then they will disappear or disconnect, and you’ll just have to let it go. Trust God as you let go of offended people knowing he has the right people for you, and all the keys to ensure your success!