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Saturday/Sunday: July 2, 2019

What Type of Soil Are You?

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means...” (Matthew 13:8)

If you can, get your Bible out (or pull it up on your smart-phone) and have it by your side to read this devotional… go ahead… I’ll wait. We'll be looking at Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23.

Ready? Many times we look at this passage regarding the sower and the seed and see the sower and his willingness to share God’s Word. And that’s so important! Each of us should be a sower of the seed of the Word of God. We should be able to give an account of our relationship to God and why we choose to follow Him.

But take a moment to look at the different types of soil upon which the seed gets spread. First, there is the hard packed soil of the path. If our heart is hard packed, the Word of God will not be able to be absorbed and things will snatch it out of our heart. 

The second type of soil is the rocky soil. No roots can develop in the rocks and when the difficult times beat down on us, we fall by the way side.

The third  type of soil is good soil, but its also full of weeds. The Word grows in our heart, but the weeds choke it out. The cares of life – money, fame, sex, pride all grow as well and eventually make it unfruitful. The Word in our heart bears no fruit.

Finally, there is good soil that has been properly prepared – tilled and loose, no rocks, and the weeds have been killed. The Word grows in our hearts and we bear fruit. We live a life honoring Christ. We tell people about Jesus. We are filled with the Fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Question: What does the soil of your heart look like?

Challenge: As you read God’s Word, as you listen to God’s messengers, as you absorb God’s messages prepare your heart to hear and receive.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your Word and those who share it. Prepare my heart to always be able to plant your word in my heart! Amen.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader, Princeton Rays

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