Posted by Jimmy Spencer
It wasn’t all that long ago that I began reading the Gospels. I began with John, then read Mark, Matthew and finally, Luke. Throughout all the gospels, one parable really stuck with me. The Parable of the Sower held such strong meaning. God spoke directly to me through this specific parable.
From Matthew 13:18-23:
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
For me, this parable is about trust in God and an openness to hear His word. I think for years, His word was falling on rocky ground with me. The roots of faith simply never grew within me and my moments with God were fleeting. It wouldn’t be too long until I strayed from a Christian life. In the past six months since I have began a new relationship with the Lord, I have come to realize how important it is to make sure his word falls on “good soil.”
So how do I make sure my soil is “good”?
Faith. It might sound simple. But as long as I stay patient and open to the ways He is leading my life, I know He will be there and allow those seeds to produce strong, amazing change. My faith will find roots and grow strong. For those exploring faith, this may be step one.
A commitment to Jesus isn’t easy. As soon as word is sown in our hearts, there are many threats to having it taken away – from non-believers who challenge us, to our own logic, to the desires of our flesh to step away into sin. From the outset, it appears much easier to live a life not being a Christian – you get to do what you want. It’s not until we see the fruit of our faith begin to grow that we realize living a life as a Christian is far more fulfilling and ultimately makes life easier.
We can be pulled away from God through the care’s of our lives. Our worries about career, our appearance or other stresses that, in the grand scheme, aren’t that important. When we have no roots, our faith is easily pulled away when these distractions come.
This is why our soil is so important. It’s the foundation of our faith. Can you stand the test of time, utilize patience in your faith and stay focused on living a life for God? Think about what type of soil in which you are planting the seeds of your faith. Pray to God and ask Him to help you.
“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.” – Thessalonians 3: 5
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