Matthew 13:4-8 NIV says, “As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”Christians all have soil that, when cared for, leads to salvation. Here are the four types of soil we can have in our lives:
Shallow soil- This type of soil has no seed because the birds snatched it away. These are the sermons, spiritual gifts and wise counsel we hear, but do not apply to our lives. It gets snatched away by the cares of the world.
Thorny soil- Thorns are the trials and hardships that cause us to lose our hope in God. Job loss, a preoccupation with finances and loss of a loved one are all thorns that cause us heartache. When those thorns prick our hearts, the pain and disappointment forces us to take our eyes off of Christ and onto other things.
Rocky soil- The rocks are the things that cover over what soil we have, preventing it from receiving the sun and water it needs to promote good health. These are the sins that consume our lives. Unforgiveness, pride and selfishness are all examples of sins that cover over our soil.
Good soil- Good soil always bears fruit. Our fruit are the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). When we display our fruits to the world, we influence them to be good fruit, which leaves a lasting legacy with all who we encounter.
People will know we are Christians by the fruit evident in our lives. Which soil are you? What will you do to allow it to be the good soil worthy of reproduction?
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