“And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: but when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.” Mark 4:5, 6
THE LESSON OF THE TEXT. That lesson is four-fold. It says to each one of us, be deeply in earnest; do not play at religion; do not think of a religious profession as a garb which you can put on and take off!
Pray God to make sure work in your soul, sure work for eternity. You have to die; you have to face the Judgment Seat—have a religion that will bear those ordeals! Pray to have such a work of the Spirit in your soul that neither death nor judgment can alarm you. Cry to God that repentance may be cut deep in to you, making lasting marks in you.
Pray that your faith may be no sham faith, but a giving up of your soul
entirely into the hands of Christ; that your love to Christ may be no rhapsody, but a matter of real heart-affection; that your religious walk may not be for other people to see, but a walk before God.
Pray that all your actions may be the result of principle, and that you may not be swayed by company, but rather may sway company, and may have a vital force within yourself of God’s implanting that will bear you on in the straight road, whichever way others may take. I say again, be awfully in earnest about everything that concerns religion, and pray God to forgive you if in any measure you have been flippant concerning it!