Receptivity: Silencing The Bell
Luke 8:1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him… Vs 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
We come to the second soil - The Shallow Minded
Jesus explained this mentality like this, "vs 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away."
Thou Shalt Be Tested
Admiral William H. McRaven, 36 year SEAL describes SEAL Training this way:
To me basic SEAL training was a life time of challenges crammed into six months.
In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior
A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.
Forged by adversity
This is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.
I humbly serve with honor on and off the battlefield.
We expect to lead and be led. I lead by example in all situations.
I will never quit. I am never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win.
The legacy that goes before me, steadies me. I will not fail.
Their ETHOS (way of life/core beliefs) should not seem strange to the true christ followers…
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (II Timothy 2:3-5 NKJV)
There is a test coming your way
Luke 22 Peter's Test
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” (Luke 22:31-34 NKJV)
Peter you are about to be tested… oh how nice it would have been to hear Jesus say, “I’ve prayed for you and stopped it”
That’s not what he heard… He was warning Peter. There is a test coming your way. A test you must go through. Why? There is purpose to the test!
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The test is necessary…
Peter was ready to fight, but was unprepared for this.
Luke 22:54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 55 And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.
56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”
57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.
59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Peter failed…he rung out. He didn’t think he would… but he did
We all face our own grinder…we will all be put to the test.
Life on the grinder is difficult… What does it take to Silence the Bell?
1) Take Quitting Off The Table
Ask Mike Ritland, Retired SEAL and BUD/s Instructor what it takes to silence the bell:
“You got to want it. First and foremost your determination and will to succeed is the most critical component to success in this line of work.”
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:14 NKJV)
2) Know you’re never out of the fight
Captain Pete Van Hooser, Commander of SEAL team Four. A legend in Seal history.
After having served multiple tours in Vietnam as a marine, he transferred into the Navy and went through the SEAL program. During a parachuting exercise, he suffered a compound fracture, shattering his leg so badly that the doctors told him he’d never walk normal again, much less run. It was a career ending injury. But SEALS don’t know how to quit. They are never out of the fight. His answer to the doctor. "Take my leg."
He 12:1 “Throw off the weight that so easily entangles”
"cut off you're right hand, or take your eye" (Matt 5:30).
3) Leave No man behind!
“when you return to me, strengthen your brothers”