Being Good Soil

For seed to consistently bear fruit, it needs continually to be received into good soil.  “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matt. 13:23)

In this parable Christ gives us a vision of reception through the process of fertilization.  When the seed, soil, and fertilizer combine reception occurs, and conception is realized.  Then the deeper life begins.  We have all heard of reaping and sowing.  But, have we heard of receiving and growing.  Let us continue to be the furrow that receives God’s word.  Let us continue to be available rich soil, for the Spirit of the Root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:10) to fill, use, and enjoy. 

How to receive: For the sake of Christ?

By considering our self “fruitful good soil” instead of “lifeless bad dirt.”

By becoming a “receptacle” instead of “spectacle.”

By becoming “vulnerable” instead of “impenetrable.”

By finding our self “Worthy” instead of “Worthless.”

By loving God’s Image in others regardless of their behavior toward or against us.

“Receiving is continued believing, and believing continued continues receiving.”

Article and Quote by Jim Stickney

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  1. In our local church building we have Matt 13 as a painting. One reading from the book that comes into my mind, is 1 Kings 19 >> .. he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” << The 3 times "the Lord was not" and the 1 that gave Elijah contact. The 3 soils and the 1.

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