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What soil are you…

20130720-141100.jpgAnd when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold. As he said these things, he called out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear. And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that “seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.” (Luke 8:4-10 ESV)

What kind of soil are you? We sing from time to time, let my heart be good soil… We want to make the seeds of God’s word fall on a place in us that will take root and blossom into something beautiful.

And to us has been given the secrets of what all this means that means we should understand all the words that God has told us.

Do we not water the words of God when we receive them? Do we allow the word of God to get what it needs or is it choked out before it takes root in our lives?

We can help to make our lives a place where God’s words are ready to grow and blossom into the life God has prepared for you.


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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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