Hope lingers in the air these days. Anticipation is felt underneath your feet, as if it’s swelling up from the pavement, ready to erupt with signs of new life; new growth.
The winds of change are mightily blowing across the earth, ushering in a new season, bringing with it new depths and revelations.
There are new seeds to be planted this season in the soil of the hearts of men that are cultivated and prepared for such growth.
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and at them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as has been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand…
You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them…
Blessed are your eyes because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it.Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted! ” – Matthew 13:3-23
There are four different types of soil that this seed falls on; footpath, rocky ground, thorns, fertile soil.
Our hearts can be likened to the soil of the earth and the planting of seeds. Some of us, like the hard dry dirt of the road, might have hardened hearts; an environment resistant to the cultivation of life and growth. Others might have hearts in the same condition as the rocky ground; there is some soil present and as a result, some growth, but the soil is mostly rocky and hard – broken but nonetheless hard. Or maybe your heart is softer, tilled soil, but it’s crowded with the growth of not fruit, but thorns, choking out the life trying to spring up from the earth. Lastly, your heart might be fertile, rich, and saturated, ready for the seeds that will reap a bountiful harvest of fruit.
I wonder, what is the condition of your heart? What type of growth does that mean for you? Will you see the fruit of the spirit in your life as a result of planting God’s word in fertile soil, or will the message of life be snatched from your heart?
Over the last couple of months I’ve been learning about how life is a process. Growth is a progression. Our God is a God of order, a God of purpose, and He has a time for everything under the sun; working in all things for our good. A tree does not bear fruit overnight. I learn a lesson from the tree; grow in the rhythm of the season.
Start from the beginning. We sow, plant, and reap in time with the seasons.
We co-labor with the Lord to cultivate our own soil. We are permitted to understand the secrets of God, but not all will hear and understand. God hides things from us for us, so that only those seeking – those that passionately desire and hunger – will find.
Oh, that the ground of our hearts would be rich and ready.
Let your roots grow down deep into His Love.