“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” St. Luke 8:5-8
In the parable of the sower, the future of the seed appears to be directly linked to where the seed fell. Good soil provided proper nutrients for the plants to grow and bear good fruit, while thorny, rocky places proved to be bad for the seed.
Verses 11-15 explains the parable, and links the importance of good soil to growth and maturity, showing us that good soil provides a positive environment that helps others flourish. Good soil does not choke, nor does it destroy. Good soil plays an important role in keeping the seed grounded, and maintains moisture balance to help the good seed mature. Can we consider our own lives in terms of the kind of soil that we have become? If we were to look at our lives and how we help others attain the purpose for which He has called them, what kind of soil would we be? Similarly, when God places a dream in our hearts, what kind of soil do we seek out to help us with support, guidance and direction?
Those who are not His, do not know how to support, nurture and help others develop in the ways of our Lord, but those who name the name of Jesus are expected to speak words that are positive and uplifting, to help others grow in Christ. We can see that good soil has the necessary nutrients that foster the bearing of good fruit. If we are willing, we can allow Him to direct us as we help others become the best that they can be… Let’s do it!
Inventory/Introspection: In what kind of soil have I planted the dreams He has deposited in me?
Personal Application: With His help, I can become the kind of soil that helps others bear good fruit. I will trust Him to use me to ‘continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds.’ 2 (Hebrews 10:24 – ISV)
Father, we thank you so much for giving us talents and gifts that we can use to bless others. We can do nothing good without Your divine touch. I pray that You would guide our thoughts as we help others work through the dreams that You have planted in their lives. May we be ‘good soil’ : nurturing others, offering the right mix of love and encouragement, being careful not to starve or choke the Word You gave to them. Likewise, I thank You for placing people in our lives who are fertile ground for helping our dreams grow. Thank You Jesus!!! May we grow and prosper to the glory of Your name. Amen.
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2. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0. Copyright © 1996-2012 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.
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