(1-3) Women Accompanying Jesus
Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many other women used their own resources to provide for Jesus and His disciples. They gave to the work of God out of the goodness of their hearts, not expecting anything in return. When God’s work requires provision, whatever is in our hands to give, we should give without grudging.
(9-15) The Purpose of the Parables
Regarding the seed that fell on good soil, Jesus described it as those who hear the Word of God and hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. We should be faithful in reading the Bible daily and hold fast to the commands, stories, and promises that are in it. We may not immediately see the seed of the Word taking root in our hearts, but if we persevere in reading with patience, both we and others will soon start to see good fruit being produced in our lives.
(22-25) Jesus Calms a Storm
Faith is most proven in times of storm, not in times of peace. The peace of God is most evident in our lives when we are calm amid boisterous wind and raging waves, not when the sea is serene.
Favorite verse: (25) He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”