I spent some time in Uganda, East Africa, during my summers in college. Our teams spent about 4 weeks in the country. The first week was in depth evangelism training, and the rest of the time was spent in evangelism. We went to the cities and to the villages and talked with anyone who would listen. We told them about the love of Jesus, and showed them from the scriptures who Jesus was and how he offers us salvation. Many, many people made professions of faith. But as I came back year after year, I discovered that those who professed Christ as Lord did not all become fruitful followers of Christ. If fact, few of the many I prayed with were in church the following year. Jesus was the Great Evangelist. He experienced the same issue and knew that his followers would too. So He gave them this parable to understand why so many fall away from the faith after once making a profession. This parable also serves as a warning to us to avoid these pitfalls in our relationship with the Lord, these pitfalls of faith.
- Because persevering in the gospel produces eternal life, we must avoid the pitfall of heresy.
- Because persevering in the gospel produces eternal life, we must avoid the pitfall of aversion to suffering.
- Because persevering in the gospel produces eternal life, we must avoid the pitfall of worldly pleasure.