Is Your Heart Good Soil For God’s Word?
In elementary school, we had a project where we were given seeds and we were supposed to plant it, take care of it until it germinated, then present it to the class. It’s safe to say that I learned then that my fingers were anything but green because my plant just wouldn’t grow. I had classmates whose plants not only germinated, but also bore fruit after a while. The difference? Good soil, sunlight, and water.
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about a sower who scatters seeds (the word) on different types of ground (the heart). (Matthew 13: 18-23)
What kind of ground is your heart?
Think of this as a walkway. No soil, no water, and scorching sunlight. Of course, those seed never stood a chance. Birds and every crawling creature would also have a go at it. This is the kind of hostile environment we create for the word when we hear and don’t seek to understand.
2.The Rocky Ground
Seed sown here actually start to sprout, but the absence of nutrients from good soil prevent it from growing roots. As a result, any force such as wind, rain or foot could uproot it from the ground. I have a personal experience with this because this is where my heart was. I would study the word every morning, journal and pray but that would be the end of it. I did not meditate on it during the day, nor did I put what I learned into practice or allow it to effect any changes in my lifestyle. Eventually, when troubles and trials came, I had nothing to hold on to and would fall back to feelings of anger, despair and doubt. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the fact that if I allow the word to have its effect on me, then in periods of testing I would be standing firm in faith.
I like to think of this like weeds. Wherever there are weeds, there’s probably good soil because weeds need nutrients to grow too. However, weeds steal all the good nutrients, causing the fruit to choke out and wither away. All the cares of this world: wealth, prestige, relationships, career success can serve as weeds competing with the word in our hearts. Think of a Christian who, for the want of a relationship, gets herself into an unequally yoked situation, or a Christian who compromises her values to earn that grade, contract, or even acceptance from peers. Sometimes, regardless of the depth the word has attained in us, some of our wants and desires drive us to do certain things that are contrary to the will of God for us.
Jesus describes this heart as one that hears, understands, and practices the word. This would be a Christian that hears the word, meditates on the word, applies it to daily living and keeps it foremost in their lives relinquishing their cares and desires to second place. This is not a perfect person, but someone that is convicted by the word when they go astray and seeks repentance afterward. In season and out of season, good and bad times, rain or sunshine, they yield fruit and the world sees it and glorify their father in heaven.
Take some time to ask yourself these questions:
-Is the word yielding any fruit in my life?
-Can people identify that I am a Christian without me telling them?
-Do I see a change in my lifestyle with continuous study of the Bible and church attendance?
-Do hard times make me take more backward steps than forward ones?
-Does my quest for wealth and success make me do things that are contrary to the word?
Identify where your heart is and ask God to help you make the necessary changes so that your heart may be good soil for the word of God and you can reap a thirty, sixty, or a hundred fold harvest.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world!
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