The Soil that Produces

 

October 15

 

Read Luke 8:11b-15

...The seed is the Word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the Word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, and retain it. And by persevering produce a crop.

 

Reflect

What kind of “soil” represents your heart for the word of God right now?

 

What has been your experience planting seeds? If you have a green thumb, you no doubt understand the importance of good soil. If you don't have a green thumb? Well, you’ve probably learned this lesson, too, only maybe you learned the hard way! If you don’t consider the location where you are planting, clear away the weeds, and make sure the soil is rich and fertile, you probably won’t experience good results.

 

Jesus knew that our hearts are a lot like soil. If our hearts aren’t prepared properly, we aren’t able to receive the Word of God. In this parable, there were 4 kinds of soil, but only one was able to produce fruit. Like a well-worn path, some hearts are too hard to receive the Word. Other hearts are shallow and fickle like the seed on rocky ground. They respond to the Word at first but fall away once the going gets tough because they don’t have deep roots. Some hearts are just too crowded. They might want to receive the Word, but they don’t want to weed the things out of their life that hinder the Word from taking root and producing fruit in their lives.

 

Only the heart of good soil produces fruit as evidence of genuine salvation. A heart of good soil doesn’t just hear God’s Word. A heart of good soil receives the Word, submits to God, repents, and is saved. Fruit begins to grow in a believer's life. Spiritual growth begins. Change occurs.

 

One significant change that takes place is that a heart with good soil eventually becomes a sower of the Word themselves. They spread more seed and reap a more fruitful harvest. They share God’s Word with the people around them. They don’t keep the Good News to themselves.

 

Why don’t more people respond to the teaching of Jesus? Bad soil. In Adam, all have sinned. And sinful hearts are often not willing to truly listen to God’s Word. They are not willing to repent. They are not willing to obey Him as Lord. They don’t want to receive His Word and be saved.

 

Friends, it would be wise for us all to stop and humbly check our own hearts. And before we share the Word with others, pray for good soil. Pray that God would prepare the soil of the listeners' hearts so that they wouldn’t just hear the message but receive it, repent, and be saved.

 

Pray

Lord, keep my heart soft for Your Word. Use me to sow the seed of Your Word. Prepare the hearts of all who hear to receive it and bring forth a fruitful harvest. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Prepare my heart as a fruitful ground, Lord Jesus, so that Your Word may bring forth one hundred-fold.
Very good devotional.
Lord, my Lord weed out the things in my heart that prevents your word from taking root and bear fruit.
O Lord, I want to plant seeds that grow and bring forth good fruit. Help me be able to spread Your word to those who need it. I pray for good soil. Thank You Lord, in Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
When I am a Christian, God had a purpose in life to honor him.
When I am changed ,may God through me impart in others.
I am so grateful for this message today! It really speak to my heart.
A very good reminder. Excuse me while I go grab a handful of seeds. BRB
Amen 🙌🏿! "Create in me a clean heart O God. And renew a right spirit with me". Lord let the "soil" of my heart be good and fertile enabling me to be a good ambassador of the Gospel.
Thank you for this message today! God bless you.
Yes I believe and sometimes I believe I’m stuck in a midst of some thorns
Yes lord yes lord amen use me to bring forth your words
Are thank God for this daily devotional it help me with the word to know him more and may God bless you all amen
Yes indeed. Amen.
Lord I come to you humbly please forgive me for my sins create in me a clean heart please instill your words in me and let me be a witness to your word help me to bring others to you. Please allow me to bring good soil and harvest in jesus name I pray. Amen
Amen. 💕 A wonderful reminder to check our hearts first, so then we can freely share that Word that has been deposited in our hearts and took roots.
Lord God, I pray for wisdom, understanding, and discernment, so that I may hear the Word, receive the Word, and understand the Word. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thank you pastor may the Almighty God have Marcy on us
Thank you.
Jesus you are the potter I am the clay. Make me good soil so I can produce fruit that will glorify your name. Jesus help me to remove all the weeds that hinder me from growing and producing more fruit. I can do nothing Jesus unless you give me a new heart! Amen
Lord please sow my seed in the best soil help me to go down the right path in Jesus name Amen.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE HELP ME _ MY 2 DAUGHTERS TO SOIL GOOD SOIL FOR YOUR WILL;I PRAY FOR YOU TO MAKE ME BE A HOLY GHOST FOR YOUR WILL;*THANKYOUJESUS*