Amazing what good soil does for plants and trees. We’ve been working compost into our garden soil ever since we moved to our new home. The results? Quite evident! Rich, lush soil makes all the difference.
That’s similar to what Jesus says in this parable. Familiar story? He tells of a farmer who spreads seed indiscriminately. Some seed land on the pathway. Low probability of success as birds easily spot and eat them. Jesus says that’s what Satan does with those who only hear, who exhibit nary a root. Here today, gone today!
Other seed fall on rocky soil. Difficult for roots to grab hold. Shallow. No depth. At the first sign of trouble, the plant withers and dies. Here today, gone tomorrow!
Still other seed take root among weeds and thorns. A competitive environment with scant chance of success. As with those who worry too much or pinch the almighty dollar or whose sins become much too tantalizing, they’re choked by their own corruption. Unfruitful. Eventually going nowhere. Here today, gone the day after tomorrow!
What about that last seed and soil, of which we’d like to be? ‘Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown’ (Mark 4:20). Did you notice something? Hearing God’s Word never is enough. Must put it into action.
Plant the seed in good, rich soil…and things will happen. Abundant crops. Varied yields. Fruitful. Here today, here forever! Good soil.
Your good soul, nurtured by and in the Word of God, produces godly successes in diverse multiples! An amazing harvest is coming your way! Ready?
Lord, make us good soil, hearing and acting on your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.