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Good soil

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” “Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, NRSV)

How do we know if our life is good soil?

I think at different points in our lives all of us are each of the spots that Jesus refers to here.

We are the path because we hear Jesus speaking and we don’t understand it and the evil one or the world takes that word away.

We are the rocky ground when we hear and follow but then our old friends ask why are we doing that.

We are among the thorns when we hear Jesus clearly but the worries and concerns of this life get int the way of Jesus getting full control.

We are the good soil when our lives hear the word of Jesus and we follow after knowing that this world might offer things that look better now, but following after Jesus is what we were truly made for.

How do we do this?

If it were easy Jesus would not have given this parable, but anything worth having is worth going after, and Jesus will be there to pick you up and dust you off and place you back out there, when you are snatched away, on rocky ground or surrounded by thorns. He will be there to guide you.

So follow after Jesus and let Him make you good soil.

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abundent

160630That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.  Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.  But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.  Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” “Hear then the parable of the sower.  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.  But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, NRSV)

Abundent is the crop from the seed that finds good soil.

You see there are so many things in our lives that keep us from thriving in the life God has for us.

What is keeping His word from being abundent in your life?

Work?

Family?

Worldly commitments?

God wants to be a part of your life, walking with you through everything you are going through.

He has gifted you to be an intrigal part of His plan in the world.

Allow His word to take root in your life. Cling to His life as your life, and allow Him to work in and through you.

Let your heart be good soil!

 

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good soil

160630That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”  (Matthew 13:1-9, NRSV)

Jesus spoke to the people of the day in parables, stories about things they understood.

Seed scattered has to have good soil to produce a good crop. If it lands on soil not so good, it might spring up, but then die.

How is your heart?

How is your life?

Are you good soil for His word to grow in?

 

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see but not perceive…

Today we have the parable of the sower from Mark 4:1-20 and Jesus explanation of this to the disciples.

At one point Jesus says that he teaches in parables so that those outside the circle “may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.” This is an interesting reason, wouldn’t Jesus want those outside to understand what He was saying so that they may all turn and be forgiven? I mean John 3:16 says that God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believe in him can have eternal life. and 3:17 Indeed God did not send his sin into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him… so wouldn’t Jesus want them to understand?

That got me thinking about the last statement in the explanation of the parable, “ But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Are you the good soil? And if you are have you ever seen your actions bear fruit thirty, sixty or a hundred fold. If you have that is great but I’m sure there are many of us who have done wonderful work in the kingdom, but have not perceived the work we have done. Or have not understood everything we have done and what impact it has had on the kingdom.

We sometimes see what is in from t of us, but that is really not what we need to be seeing.  We do not perceive  what we need to actually be seeing or understanding. It is not because we are dense (well not always) it is because we are looking with our eyes and not the eyes of Jesus. We are not seeing things as God sees them, but as we want them to be.

So the parables are meant to keep the outsiders from understanding, or perceiving, but how much do we actually perceive or understand the kingdom? We do not make the soil what it is, we live in a way that we can be used, not always understanding how or why just being who God called us to be…

 

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Who are you?

Who are you was a hit song by the Who, and has some interesting lyrics…

I was reminded of this song though today as I read through the gospel passage for the lectionary of today, Luke 8:4-15, the parable of the good soil.

You see “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” And so I wonder who are you?

Are you the path where you get trampled on or are the birds eating you alive, or are you rock and lack moisture and withering away, are you the thorny ground and feel choked, or are you good soil and are producing????

I think we are all all of these over our life time. We are trampled by others and the world around us and eaten up by those who are there to pick us apart in the ministry we try to do. We lack moisture and wither when we are not really connected to the root and not foundationally rooted in the living God. We are choked out by the thorns of life that try to make us think we are not doing what we need to. Sometimes we are good soil producing a hundredfold and allowing God to work through us.

Who are you? includes the lyrics:

I know there’s a place you walked
Where love falls from the trees
My heart is like a broken cup
I only feel right on my knees

I spit out like a sewer hole
Yet still recieve your kiss
How can I measure up to anyone now
After such a love as this?

My heart is like a broken cup I only feel right on my knees… In prayer is where I get it right and live as the good soil. I spit you out like a sewer hole when I live as the path, rocky, or thorny soil and do the things I shouldn’t do when I’m not connected to the root that feeds me. Yet I still receive your kiss – even though I do not deserve you  grace, a relationship with you because of who I am, I still get it. How can any of us measure up after a love such as this…

Who are you? Cause I really wanna know…

 

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