Becoming the right soil…
March 4, 2013 § 1 Comment
Last night during bible study we were discussing with the children Jesus’ parable of the sower. This morning, while reflecting on the reading, I began to wonder about changing the soil. What does it take to change the type of soil in our hearts in order to better grow the seeds of truth?
Here is the parable:
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
I know what kind of soil is in my heart, and it makes me wish I could cultivate in my heart the soil that would cause the seeds of truth to flourish, but how?
I have an idea on how to do this that I would like to share with you. All but one of the types of soil mentioned in parable are able to bear fruit. If we had a field with rocky, thorny soil, we would have much work to do before we could reap a bountiful harvest. Likewise, in our hearts we will have much work to do to remove the thorns (influences of this world), and the stones (our own lack of trust in God, the callousness of our hearts, lack of compassion) before we can see a harvest of any measure.
Another point I’d like to make regarding this harvest that is mentioned, is that I’m guilty of expecting (ha, expecting!) a radical change in my heart instantly. Seeds like those mentioned in parable and seeds of a physical nature require time and attention if they are going to grow strong and produce worthy fruit. Likewise, I have to remember that with careful attention to the nurture of the soil and seeds I will over time develop a worthy and abundant harvest for Jesus Christ.