Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sower and the Seed: Good Soil

Good Soil

Matthew 18:8,9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8

“Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”And He was saying these things, He would call out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

I've talked about roadside soil, rocky soil and thorny soil. Now I come to the good soil. It is the good soil that we want.

Good soil yields 30 60  and 100 fold.
What that means if you  plant a bucket of seed you will get 30, 60 or 100 buckets back when you harvest.

What is required to get this kind of harvest?
1 Hears it
2 Understands it
3 Accepts it
4 Honest heart
5 Good heart
6 Bears fruit with perseverance

Hears the word of God. To hear the word of God it is not just hearing with your physical ears. But also with the ears of your heart. Yes our heart has ears also.

To hear with our ears of our heart is to accept it as valid and true for us today and that means we will act on it. To accept something is to say it is true. It is valid and it is right.

Understand it. We can hear a teaching but not understand the meaning of what is being taught. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us the word of God. To understand something of the spirit, we at times need to let the Spirit of God minister to us. This may take time. When we pray over a Scripture and think of it and consider it in our mind for a period of time we will gain the knowledge of what God is saying to us.

Honest heart. There are times when we hear a teaching but we have reasons why we can't do it. We have excuses for not doing it. We excuse ourselves because we say it is not directly for us. Honesty will admit wrong doing. Honesty will admit that we are wrong. Honesty will say, yes that's me and I need to change. Honesty will not make excuses but will accept and respond to the teachings of the Bible.

Good heart. What is being good? It is working for the betterment of others. It is building and not tearing down. It is blessing and not cursing. It is hoping for the best. It is acting in love that God provides. A good heart has God in mind when it listens. It has others in mind to help and minister to when it hears and receives. A good heart will at times go beyond what is asked or required.

Bears fruit with perseverance. To bear fruit is work. It takes many months to build a building. You can blast it down in an afternoon. Perseverance will build something over a period of time.

Trouble will come in bearing fruit. To build something you have to overcome the trouble. If it was no trouble to do it it would already be done.

Perseverance. Plans for the work, pays for the work, deals with the problems that stop the work. Is not discouraged because of set backs in the work. Perseverance sees the end result and keeps heading for that end.

Now we have a Savior that helps us and has sent the Holy Spirit to help and guide and encourage us. With the Word of God in our heart we have a light that guides us to finish the work God has before us.

Good soil will reject what is not good. A  good heart rejects what is bad and accepts what is good. A good heart will accept what is good and it is the Father that gives good gifts. James 1:17?

Good soil will admit that they have rocky soil and take steps to bust them up and set down roots of love.

Good soil will admit they have not give place and time for the word and will make time to receive the word in their heart to change them.

Good soil will reject the worries of the world the deceitfulness of riches. They will reject the abundance of things that eat up their time and money.

Good soil is made by making a place For the Word of God.

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