Good Seed in Good Ground

seed sowingMark 4:3-9  “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.  “And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.  “Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.  “But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.  “And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.  “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”  And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

There’s no problem with the seed–its the soil.  Soil doesn’t just become good soil, it often starts out full of weeds.  You have to dig it, break down the soil, remove the weeds, adding good things to it and continue to work it and keep it in prime condition.  A gardener knows that they cannot grow the same crop in the same ground every year.  In short, maintaining good soil takes work, preparing yourself to receive all that God has for you also takes work. 

Both Hosea and Jeremiah talk about plowing the fallow ground. “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hos 10:12 NKJ) Fallow is ground that hasn’t been used or sown for a season.

Digging, turning, adding and exposing your life to the new things that God has with make you ready to produce good fruit.  If we did a soil check today–what would we find?

I want to be premium soil, and I’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it.  Is that your prayer–its mine.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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