2/24: It’s All About the Soil

2/24: It’s All About the Soil

 

I’m no gardener, but I enjoy the time I do get to spend caring for my roses. When I was taking more time with them, I carefully pruned and shaped the bushes to get optimum growth and beautiful blooms. My husband spaced them enough apart so their roots wouldn’t infringe upon each other. He also planted them in a location where they could get plenty of sun, and we made sure they got enough water. Still, all that care would have been for naught if the bushes had been planted in bad soil.

Jesus pointed out the importance of rich, healthy soil when He shared the parable of the Sower. In the story, the Sower scattered seed that fell on four kinds of soil: wayside, stony, thorny, and good. He explains that the seed being sown is the Word, and the following results happen once the seed is sown:

  • “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
  • These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
  • Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
  • But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Mark 4:15-20 (NKJ).

Why the different results? The Sower was the same and the seed was the same; the only variable was the soil. The enemy snatched the first seed away, lack of endurance hindered the growth of the second seed, and entanglements choked out the third seed’s growth. The only soil in which the seed could prosper was the soil in which it found the fertilizer of excitement. When planted in the fourth soil, the good soil, excitement led to serious study of the Word, acceptance of the Word in terms of adherence to it, and fruitful growth.

Which soil are you?

  • Is Satan, the enemy of our souls, busy snatching the Word away from you? Are you finding every excuse in the book for not getting the Word into your spirit? Do you attend church regularly? Are you studying your Bible by reading it every day and pondering what you hear God saying to you? Are you spending time with other believers who can speak God’s truth into your life?
  • Or is there an endurance problem? Did you start strong with God but you never put in the necessary commitment to realize any real spiritual progress?
  • Perhaps your issue is entanglements. Are you so tied up with your job and random other obligations that you just don’t have time for God and church? Is your pursuit of the almighty dollar more important than your pursuit of the Almighty?
  • Or hopefully, you find yourself today in a place of excitement about God’s Word. You study it to hear God’s voice, you adhere to what He says, and you share it so as to build and broaden the Kingdom of Heaven.

Even spiritual gardening is all about the soil. If you find yourself as any other soil than the fourth good soil, there is a solution. Use the fertilizer of excitement. Determine to be excited about God (start by dwelling on how all your sins are forgiven and you’re going to heaven one day). Read your Bible. Go to church. Develop relationships with solid, Christian friends. You’ll soon start to see growth, feel strength, and produce fruit.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

 

 

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~ by sanewriter on February 24, 2013.

One Response to “2/24: It’s All About the Soil”

  1. I believe that I am on good soil. As soon as I see weeds growing, immediately I begin get rid of “them.”

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