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Hardened Ground

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THE SEED, THE SOIL, AND THE PRODUCE

 

Lately, I have been pondering over the parable in Matthew 13 that speaks about a Farmer and the seed he sows.  I am sure you’re probably very familiar with the story.  It always grabs my attention when he finally gets to the good soil. The soil that will produce a crop that is an extraordinary multiplication of what he planted.

 

Matthew 13:8   

 

I want to have that kind of heart!  Wouldn’t it be great if all the good things you learn, every Bible verse you read, would sink deep into the soil of your heart and produce a great harvest!  I personally would be really irritated if I found out that while I enjoy a sweet thirty percent return on all I take in, others were getting 100 percent returns instead. 

 

If it is possible to be at 100 percent, why spend a lifetime at thirty percent?  What if it was possible to improve the condition of the soil of your heart so that it would have the capacity to give a 100-fold return? The Bible has some soil enrichment ideas.

 

Hosea 10:12 NLT    I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now, is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower  righteousness upon you.’

 

PLANTING RIGHTEOUSNESS ENRICHES THE SOIL OF YOUR LIFE

 

To really live out our lives in a righteous manner, it has to come out of a relationship with the Father.    It’s only when I have a connection with the Father that I can know the right way that He does things, and then consequently, the right way I can do things, too.  Lifestyle! Relationship!

 

THIS HAS GOT TO BE A PURPOSED ACT

 

Hosea calls us to action.  Plant these seeds of righteousness with a purpose: purposed acts of help, love, care, and concern.  This doesn’t naturally happen, it has to be a premeditated, thought out, and planned. It’s the acts of Godly righteousness that begin to change the composition of the soil of our lives.  They are all the nutrients, minerals, and moisture that make up healthy viable rich soil.

Want to really boost the soil?  Try this: plant those seeds in dark places, and you see an even larger harvest.  Try showing some kindness and righteous act to street outreach programs and homeless shelters, local clinics,  public schools, or even political places.  

 

Romans 5:12     God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.

 

BREAK UP THE HARDENED GROUND OF YOUR HEART

 

Have you felt that there are some parts of your heart that are hard?  Have you ever wondered why you don’t love more; why you don’t have more compassion?  Perhaps we are hiding things in the dirt like bitterness, unforgiveness, judgments, criticisms, anger, hatred, stubbornness, and pride.    You know those feelings when you have them, you can literally feel the hardness in them.  Perhaps it’s time to give them to God and take on His right way of thinking.  Break up the hardened ground! Relent-let go!

 

WHAT ABOUT WEEDS?

 

It’s actually up to you to be the soil tester in your life.  You need to take a look at the soil of your heart.  Look to see if there are some weeds that need to be removed, things that make your heart hard.  Are there things you watch on TV or the news?  How about social media?  Are there some friends you have that instead of you influencing them for God, they influence you for the negative?  As a gardener, we learn to recognize weeds and remove them quickly, before they take over.  Gardeners have to do this all the time, weeds grow fast.   

 

HARVEST

 

Break up your fallow ground, any unused or unkempt ground.  Break it up.  Allow the Father to break your heart on the things that break His.  If you’re not broken over the lost, the sick, and the broken, allow the Father to break you, until your heart is soft again, filled with Godly compassion.

Sow into the fallow areas of your life.  This will bring a breakthrough.  If you’re depressed, help someone find their joy.   If you can’t reach your son or daughter, reach someone else’s.  Sow into the things you want to crop up in your life.

 

Then we will have a harvest of covenant love- unbreakable, unstoppable, unlimited.    

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