Luke 8:11-15 GNT 11 “This is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. 12 The seeds that fell along the path stand for those who hear; but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved. 13 The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the time of testing comes, they fall away. 14 The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear; but the worries and riches and pleasures of this life crowd in and choke them, and their fruit never ripens. 15 The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit.”
Each time we read the Word, hear the Word or think on the Word, we must understand this principle, the Word is a seed. A seed by itself will never produce until it’s planted, but that seed is as valuable and productive as the soil it’s planted in. If the soil is wrong, it won’t produce. When we landscaped our courtyard 10 years ago, we found that the soil in Florida is very different than the soil in Michigan. You can’t plant the same trees or flowers because the soil isn’t right nor are the weather conditions appropriate for some seed. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I can still plant tomatoes, but the fruit will taste different because the soil we plant them in here is different than the soil in Michigan. Do you get the picture? I could try to duplicate the soil, but once the sun beats down on the plants, they will wither and die, it’s just too hot down here in the summer for some things.
The soil of our heart must also be ready to receive the seed of the Word, otherwise we’re just reading words on a page. How do we prepare our hearts? On Sunday morning, we purpose to listen to some good messages or music while we get ready for church. I try to pray in the Spirit as much as possible, it’s getting our soil ready so we can receive the Word of God. I take notes during the message. I write down scripture references so that I can go back and look them up. A good message on Sunday is just that until you meditate on it, study it and bring it back up for discussion with someone.
I love what Paul says in Ephesians 3:16-19 “16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
There it is my friends; rooted and grounded in love. Key ingredient to the soil of our heart I believe is Love. It’s who our Father is and it’s what He instructed us to walk in. When your soil is right, you will bear much fruit and your fruit will remain. What is the fruit of the Spirit? Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness, etc. Oh, I want me some peace in my life. I want me some joy! I must walk in love at all times, not just when I’m loved or feel like loving, I must be HIS love and to do that, I must constantly plant seeds of love because what I plant is what I reap. It is not our nature to love at all times. That will only happen as we surrender to Him and allow Him to change the soil of our heart to reproduce Love.