“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)
Do you want your heart and mind and life to be like good soil in which my word can be planted, take root, grow and bear an abundance of fruit? That’s quite a question. Why do you say that? I’m sure that the entire course of my life will be guided by how I answer that question. This is not one of those questions that can be answered by words alone. Whatever words I give as my answer had better be backed with action. What do you mean by that? If I say that I want my heart and mind and life to be like good soil in which your word can be planted, take root, grow and bear an abundance of fruit, then surely, I must make a commitment to meet with you in your word. Is this what you are saying to me? Is this what you want? Yes, I want to give that answer and back it up with a commitment to meet with you every day in your word. That’s good.
Why do you think making a commitment to meet daily with me in my word is so important? My heart and mind and life do not start out as soft, rich, fertile back dirt. Just the opposite is true. I need you to soften my hard heart. I need you to transform my worldly mind. I need to you to guide the course of my life. Without your word working in me every day, my life will never bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Apart from you I can do nothing that will last. The work of my life will be in vain. Beyond that, there are so many pitfalls in life. Without meeting with you daily in your word my life could easily be carried away by the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth. Day by day my heart and mind and life are being bombarded by the thoughts and opinions and values of this world. I don’t want to conform to this world. I want to be transformed by your word. I need your word working in my life every day. If I don’t meet with you daily in your word, I don’t think your word will ever take deep root in me. That would be such a travesty. That would be such a loss. No, the opportunity to meet with you daily in your word is not an obligation. The opportunity to meet with you daily in your word is a great gift. I want to sit at your feet. I want to hear everything you want to say to me. Do your work in me. Make my life like soft, rich, fertile black dirt in which your word can be planted, take root, grow and bear an abundance of fruit. That is the desire of my heart. That is very good.
Lord, make my heart like good soil that is ready to receive your word. Help me to not allow anything to hinder your word from taking root and growing in me. Help me to hear, understand and put your word into practice. Use your word to bear fruit in my life. Amen
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