What quality soil does your life provide for the Word of God to flourish? Jesus taught us that the seed of His word is sowed, generously. But He also said that much of the seed falls on poor soil …
What quality soil does your life provide for the Word of God to flourish? Jesus taught us that the seed of His word is sowed, generously. But He also said that much of the seed falls on poor soil where it cannot grow.
Read the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. Jesus says there are various reasons why God’s Word does not flourish in every life. In His parable, He makes it clear that the seed that is sowed must have fertile, prepared soil to grow and have a successful harvest.
When the explanation of the parable is given to the disciples, it becomes apparent that seed will only grow when it is planted in prepared ground.
The reason seed does not produce a harvest is because some has fallen on the hardened pathway, some on rocky ground without much soil, and some fell where thorns grew. The basic point is the ground is not prepared for the seed.
When His word is sent to us we must be ready to receive it.
In the metaphor, the soil of our lives that does not allow the word of the Lord to bring a harvest is a shallow life. One failure is giving up when Satan contradicts God’s Word and we listen to him. Then, there are those who give up because of persecution or trials. Others are destroyed by the cares of the world and the deception of riches.
These are the explanations Jesus gave to describe why people hear His Word, but do not follow through with a life of victory.
But the last category of “life’s soil” is the good soil. This is the person who receives the Word, understands its promise and power, and, as a result, bears good fruit for the Sower. Jesus said that person’s life will be abundantly blessed.
“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold …” Matt. 13:23 (ESV)
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