Spiritual Horticulture: What Soil Are You?

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

What Soil Are You? – Luke 8:4-21

goodsoilHere’s my confession for today: I have a terrible record with just about any kind of plant. Flowers, vegetables, you name it – other than a cactus, I’ve pretty much killed any green thing in my possession.

So needless to say, with my black thumb, I don’t know much about soil. But you don’t have to be a horticulturist to know that seeds will not become mature plants in bad soil.

Jesus gave his disciples sort of a lesson in spiritual horticulture in Luke 8. Ever the storyteller, He uses a clever parable to demonstrate the importance of “good soil” to spiritual growth.

5 “The sower went out to spread his seed. As he sowed, some fell beside the road and was trampled; and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 And other seed fell on rock; when it came up, that seed withered away because it had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And other seed fell into the good soil; and when it came up, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” While saying these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Naturally, the disciples don’t get it and ask for an explanation, so Jesus gives them more insight:

11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 Those beside the road are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 But those on the rocky places are the ones who, when they hear, accept the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a season, and in a time of testing fall away. 14 Now that which fell into the thorns are those who were hearing; but as they go along the way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and they do not bear mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good soil are those with a praiseworthy and good heart, who have heard the word and hold it fast and bear fruit with patient endurance.

Now, this parable begs some introspection. Which soil are you? Are you the kind of soil where God’s Word won’t take root at all? Or did the Word take root in your soil for a while and then dry out? Is your soil loaded with thorns that squeeze out all life? Or is your soil the good, healthy kind that produces verdant beauty and bountiful fruit?

You know, it’s not too late to ask the Master Gardener to treat your soil so that you can yield the best fruit. Rely on Him to cultivate good things in your life.

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