His Seed Vs. Your Soil
A farmer goes into a field to sow his seed, when he comes across 4 different kinds of ground: trampled, rocky, thorny and good. Seed doesn’t take to no soil, and so the seeds on the path quickly become food for the birds. The shallow soil does little with the seed, as it is too dry and rocky for growth of any kind. The seed that falls on thorny ground only grows to be choked by weeds. But, the good soil replenishes itself long enough to give back a hundred fold. The seed is the Gospel, and the soil is your heart. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” (Luke 8:8b NIV). Is your soil ready to accept the seed?
A path is where too many have been. No seed could take root there. The ground is too hard; your heart is too cold. It’s counter productive really for a farmer to even throw seeds on a worn path. Jesus says, “As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them” (Mark 4:15b). “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). But, if you don’t fix the brokenness that keeps you from hearing, you allow the enemy to eat it up to use for his kingdom.
The second kind of seed is a shallow one indeed, only lasting for a short time. Secure only in biblical rootlessness, the plant cannot weather the storm. When tribulation strikes, “they wither because they had no root” (Mark 4:6b). Rocky soil has not enough moisture to keep the seeds, a lousy foundation it makes when looking to produce a crop. Trouble in this world is a guarantee though, not a maybe (John 16:33). Never forget your roots.
The seed that fell among thorns is hindered by these death traps that don’t allow for growth, but kill the Good News. If you allow for weeds to grow by your wheat, if you simmer in the soul-sick society for too long, come judgement time, you’re hardly recognizable; “unfruitful” Matthew says (13:22b). The many distractions of mammon and the worries on Earth prove to deter many from the seed they’ve received, and they die with the earthly treasures they’ve stored up in their heart. “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” (Matthew 5:13).
Good soil takes the seed and works to preserve it. He “understands it,” says Matthew (13:23b). The good soil accepts the seed, nurtures and cherishes what was given to it. The only soil to produce a crop, this heart recognizes testings of his faith as a time to sow good seed to grow roots that will not be swayed by a deceitful age. “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4 NIV, emphasis added). Every time we surrender to God, the Kingdom seeps into more parts of our hearts. If we’re not expanding, we’re shrinking.
Every parable Jesus taught pointed to the Kingdom of God, and there is no question about the seed’s validity, but every inclination of your heart is brought to light with the teachings and life of Christ. The Kingdom of Heaven is here, but the hearts of the people are not ready. This idea of “preparing your heart” runs rampant in the Bible and for good reason; the soil is entirely up to the listener. The condition of a woman’s heart determines her response to the Good News. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).
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