At One Community Church this week we talked about hearing from God and how the soil of our lives can make all the difference in the world. We have discussed in this series that God is speaking and He primarily uses His word… but the truth is no matter how you think He speaks the soil of our lives determine the impact His words will have.
There are four soils in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. The first soil is called the footpath which represents people who are just not willing to hear. Maybe they are bitter at a situation or with God, angry for any number of reasons and God gets the blame, or just too prideful to let God in. Ultimately Jesus could speak to them directly and they would refuse to believe it because they are unwilling to hear. An unwilling heart gains nothing it needs to survive!
The second soil is the rocky soil. This is when you and I prefer to stay on the surface of a matter. Maybe we always stay on the surface and maybe its just with this one subject, but the fact remains we don’t want to go any deeper.
Deep means you gotta take it serious. You might dig something up that can’t be covered back up!
It represents the heart that has a shallow response to the gospel. Jesus changed everything with His life, death, and resurrection, and you’re glad He did… but unwilling to completely surrender to the life Jesus calls those who accept His offer of salvation. Did you know that less than 72 hours after reading this, you will forget all about it? Some of you have forgotten the first soil already! The only way to remember some of the things you and I need to remember is repetition. Repetition means you take it seriously! If you truly have a desire to dig deep into the word of God, learning from it and remembering it will be a much easier task than simply hearing a sermon and telling everyone it was great and forgetting all about it by lunch. When you hear the word of God spoken, sang, or read in a way that resonates with your soul I’m begging you to spent some time remembering… write it down, study it for yourself on Monday, and ask God to help you learn about Him through this impactful message. Hebrews 2:1 says, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away”
The third kind of soil is the weeds. I labeled this the soil of a pre-occupied mind. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God”. When I read this last week it dawned on me.. we can’t truly know who God is when we are always on the go, reminding everyone how awesomely busy we are and continuing to add one distraction after another. Slow Down…
Weeds… weeds grow because we neglect the soil. If the soil God’s word falls on determines its effectiveness you can have a sincere heart but a really poor “work ethic” as it relates to your relationship with God and watch all that God is doing get choked out by the weeds in your life.
The good soil is the final soil Jesus tells us about. He implores us all throughout the gospels to be this good soil and we are going to talk about how to be good soil next week. Because we determined we can talk all day long about hearing from God and how He wishes to communicate with you, but if the soil isn’t prepped and ready it really doesn’t matter what God says… it will not produce what the seed was intended to produce.
How’s your soil doing today? Tend to it!