“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matthew 13:23).
I have two sister-in-laws who are avid gardeners. I marvel at the way their gardens grow with beautiful harvests every year. I’m also very thankful that they like to share their crops. They understand the need for the soil to be healthy by adding nutrients needed such as from a compost pile. The seeds planted flourish is this good soil. They take root and grow strong.
The important part of this process is that they are active in producing good soil and planting the seeds.
God has us plant seeds of his word in others lives. People come from many different backgrounds and are experiencing different life situations, so their heart and mind, the soil, may not be good. God, the gardener, is doing the work of making the soil good. How do we play a part of that? If someone’s heart is calloused and has a hard time with keeping the seed, is there a way we can show God’s love to perhaps allow some healing to happen on their heart? Is there someone worried about their situation that feels choked by it and also finds it hard to hold onto the seed? God invites us to join him in making good soil so that his seed can grow and produce a great harvest.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the opportunities you give me to get my hands dirty in producing good soil for you. I pray that I can listen carefully to your instructions and follow them. Amen
Faith Tip: Is there someone on your heart that you feel needs to have their soil tilled? Ask the Great Gardner for guidance in producing good soil in this person’s life.