But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. Luke 8:15 NASB
Some of my favorite things to do in the spring are shopping for flowers, plants, and walking through gardens. It inspires me to get my own flower garden and pots ready for the spring. I’m a wanna-be-gardener who has grand plans, but I’m happy just to get my pots filled and for a few plants to survive.
Over the years I’ve learned to trust certain nurseries that purchase from local farmers who use organic materials and good soil to grow plants. Those plants have a longer survival rate, especially in Texas heat!
Before I add my new plants to my old pots, I make sure that the potting soil is ready for my new plants. When you take the plants out of their container, the soil is rich and the roots are strong. For that new plant to survive, it needs to be surrounded by good, rich, nutrient-filled soil. There is nothing like the smell of pure, rich, composted dirt and mixing it all together with your hands!
Planting reminds me of this verse which is a perfect picture of the heart, and the seed is the Word of God. This verse comes from a parable that Jesus told, and He was using soil as a metaphor for the heart. Some of the seed fell on a hard-packed path and it was trampled on, some fell on rocky soil so the roots could never grow deep, some fell among the thorns, and the thorns choked it out, and then some fell on good soil that grew up and produced a crop.
My heart has been hard, my heart has been shallow and my heart has been full of weeds. God is the sower and His Word is the seed. When I open up His Word, the Bible, I need to make sure that my heart is ready to receive His seed. I need to humble myself before Him, pour out my sin, and ask that Jesus prepare my heart. I do this so I can hear His Word, and so that His Word can take root in my heart.
How is the soil in your heart? Is it hard? Is it full of things that keep the roots from growing; are there any weeds that are choking it out?
“Create me in a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
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How is the soil of your heart? Is it ready receive the Word of God?
Dear Father, You are the great Sower. I’m so thankful that you turn over the soil in my heart and prepare it for receiving Your Word. I want Your Word to take root in me and to produce fruit for Your kingdom. Amen
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