Pursuing Good Soil


Remember the computing adage, ‘garbage in, garbage out?’ Apply it to being fertile soil for God’s words to you. Keep producing good fruit by continuing to be good soil.  Aspire to it. Chase after it. Don’t allow yourself to be convinced that you can’t have it…

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “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 ate it up.  Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  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, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,   “ ‘though seeing, they may not see;   though hearing, they may not understand.’     “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.

Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  Those on the rocky ground 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.  The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.  But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Luke 8:4-15

A noble and good heart retains the word of God, and produces fruit for harvest. That’s the lesson for today.  When I read the parable of the sower, I always get caught up in the first three scenarios and I typically give lip service to the seed on the good soil.  It’s the ‘and there’s the fertile ground that produces a crop.‘ Moving on…

Moving on?  The fertile soil is not an ‘also ran’ candidate.  It’s the goal…

This is the ideal.  It’s good soil for the win. My issue is that I don’t see myself in the good soil.  I don’t see my past there for sure.  Funny, how a quarter of a century later (after choosing to follow Jesus) and I still feel like bad soil. 

Even after several good seasons of producing fruit, I identify with the past, often more than the present reality of God’s work in my life.

It’s probably Satan still trying to snatch away the word of God. If Satan gets his way he will convince the good and fertile soil that it’s really hard like the path. And if I think it is – if I buy his crap, and if I am having a hard and calloused season of life, I’m easy picking for the birds to eat the seed of God from my surface.

So what am I going to do about it?  How is one to keep the soil fertile?  How do I keep my heart noble and good?  Paul writes about this in his letter to the Philippians.  He encourages them to put into practice what they see in him (in other words, look to mentors) and dwell on good stuff:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9

Remember the computing adage, ‘garbage in, garbage out?’ Apply it to being the good soil. Keep producing good fruit by continuing to be good soil.  Aspire to it. Chase after it. Don’t allow yourself to be convinced that you can’t have it.  It is God’s will for you…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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