Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
- Matthew 13:8
This past weekend, I had the excitement of doing a big project at my house that resulted in an 800 square foot area that I needed to plant grass seed on. Owning this home has given me plenty of first time experiences, and this was one of them! The only problem was that the soil in this area needed to be packed down with a compactor for drainage purposes (long story!). So after packing the entire area down, I then had to rake up the whole area so that there were a couple inches of loose soil to plant the seed into. That was much harder to do than I thought! At least I know that the compactor worked!
As I was working on this project, I realized how important it was for this soil to be prepared perfectly in order for the grass seed to grow in strong and healthy. If I had left the soil hard like it was, then the grass would have grown with no roots and probably not survived. All I could think about during this project was the parable that Jesus told in Matthew 13 about the different kind of soils. This parable taught me a lot about planting seed and caused me to prepare the soil correctly and pick out any rocks that were mixed in. As handy as that lesson was for the project, it really teaches me way more about my spiritual life. It made me realize that we could come to church week after week and hear the Word spoken to us. But if the “soil” of our hearts is not prepared right then that Word won’t take root in our lives. It doesn’t matter how good the message is if it can’t survive the condition of our hearts.
So let’s be intentional about preparing ourselves to hear the Word of God spoken at church week after week. Let’s get rid of the rocks and junk: bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, offense, and pride. Let’s make our hearts soft and ready to receive what God speaks to us. If we prepare our hearts the right way, then God’s Word will absolutely transform our lives as it takes root, grows and multiplies!
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for teaching us how to prepare our hearts to hear from you. It is so important that we are “the good soil” and ready to hear what you have for us. Help us to become intentional about preparing our hearts each and every week.