Martin Luther once wrote, “Nothing is more perilous than to be weary of the word of God.” Are you wearing of the word of God, for to be weary of the Word of God can lead to prejudices and perilous times.
In John chapter eight Jesus was in a deep discussion with the Jews and in verse 37 Jesus said, I know you are Abraham’s seed, but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you. When Jesus told the Jews they were of Abraham’s seed, He was talking of their earthly, their natural heritage. Then just a few verses later Jesus told the same crowd they were not of Abraham’s seed meaning they were not of Abraham’s spiritual seed. The faith of those before was not passed on through birth or through any human origin. A Christian heritage is only passed on through faith in Jesus Christ. Then Jesus told the Jews, although they were Abraham’s seed, they wanted to kill Him, because His word has no place in them. The Jews completely ignored what Jesus said. In fact, what Jesus said so enraged them they wanted to kill Him.
Remember the parable of the sower? In Mark Chapter four, a sower went out to sow and as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, some fell on rocky ground, other seed fell among thorns, and other seeds fell into good soil and produced fruit. Then in verse fourteen, the sower sows the word and these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And the ones sown on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root in themselves, they endure for a while; but when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
So what is the condition of your heart? Is it the hardened path, the rocky ground, the thorns or is it good ground producing fruit thirty, sixty and hundred fold? Only the good ground producing fruit is the heart of a Christian. So apparently for the Jews, the Word of God fell upon the hardened path or at best on the rocky ground for the word had no place in them. The word barely, if at all, penetrated their hearts and minds, thus it did not produce fruit in their lives. The Jews ignored the words of Jesus. They shut out everything Jesus said and eventually their hearts became hardened and then it was too late for salvation.
One scholar wrote, “The word was barred out by prejudices.” Those prejudices caused the Jews to become proud, arrogant and haters of the very God they thought they were serving, but Jesus told them they were doing to deeds of their father – meaning the devil, Satan himself. White, black, Hispanic or Asian, eastern or Indian, whatever nationality you are prejudices will destroy your family, your friends, your church, your city and divide a country. Prejudices can even harden the heart of a believer and hold back the good things that God may have in store for your life. Prejudices can bar the Word or the Word can destroy prejudices. You must decide what you want for your life. But the Word of God must find place in his Church or the walls will continue to grow and continue to separate. Only faith in Jesus Christ can tear down those walls of prejudices that so easily divide!
Martin Luther was right, “Nothing is more perilous than to become weary of the Word of God.” If you keep shutting it out time after time after time, eventually, just like the Jews, it will have no effect upon you, and your life will be at a perilous crossroads with all of eternity in the balance. Today is the acceptable day of salvation, so may the Word of God find place in your life!