PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 13:18-23
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Good soil… hears the word and understands it… produces a crop.” (Matthew 13:23)
The point of planting seeds is to produce a crop.
Jesus explains what God’s desire is for all of us.
Jesus Himself, and His message, that is planted (buried).
Jesus gives His life, so that we might receive His life, and live it.
Jesus often explains that the crop God desires is goodness, love, mercy, justice.
Also known as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
But in order to produce a good crop, we need to be good soil.
That is, the kind of soil that hears, understands and produces.
So many people Sunday after Sunday hear the message, but do they understand it?
That is, is it making a fruit difference, is the seed growing into changed living?
We have “everything we need” to produce a crop – in the seed, in Jesus, in the Spirit.
All this has been freely offered by grace, ours for the embracing and experiencing.
The lack of a crop is not because of deficiency in the seed.
Are our hearts good soil, are we embracing Jesus and His message actively?
Lord, I don’t know everything, and what I do know I know imperfectly. But I know enough to put it into practice. Help me to stop just thinking, and start living the good news!