What is your heart’s soil made up of?
Today I’m reminded to ask God for a heart that is likened to fertile soil. This reminder points to Matthew 13, as it shows how the seed is likened to the Word of God and the different soils are examples of the different conditions of our hearts. It’s incredible when the SEED falls into the fertile soil, how it produces a 30, 60, and even 100 times more than it was originally planted.
In Matthew 13, Jesus teaches on the four types of heart’s soil…the first three conditions reveal the types of soil that seeds are unsuccessful in growth and living.
So here are the four types that JESUS mentioned:
– on the “footpath”
– shallow soil and underlying rock
– thorny soil
– fertile soil
When seeds are sown on the footpath, the birds come and eat them. When we have this kind of heart, it represents when we hear but don’t have the ability to understand it and so the enemy comes and snatches it.
When seeds are sown on the shallow and underlying rock it wilts under the hot sun and it dies because its roots are not deep. When we have this type of heart, this is likened to when we receive The Word with great joy but since we don’t have deep roots, the pressures cause us to not last long. These are the people who fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s Word.
When seeds are sown in the thorns, the thorns choke out the tender plants. These are the ones who hear God’s Word, but all too quickly the Word is choked out by the worries of life, and the lure of wealth so no fruit is produced.
Yet the seed that falls in fertile soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s Word and produce a harvest of 30, 60 and 100 times as much as was planted!!!
Now that’s the heart I want right there – so let us begin praying and receiving the heart of fertile soil by the power of the Holy Spirit!
REFLECTIONS OF THE WORD WITH HOLY SPIRIT:
* Did you identify which heart is yours?
* Don’t feel condemned but be in awe that you can simply go to God and say, “Lord, I want the heart that is fertile for Your glory.”