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Your Heart and Your Harvest

14 January 2024

A boy sat behind a giant cabbage

In the competitive world of giant vegetable growers, cultivating everything from colossal onions to massive pumpkins starts with the quality of the soil they use.

 

Jesus equates the Word of God to seed, and your and my heart to soil. Reflect on your heart's productivity by considering the four soil types Jesus speaks about in Matthew 13:

 

1. Concrete Yard: Lack understanding. Pray for spiritual insight (Colossians 1).

2. Paver Stones (Rocky): Lack roots, face trouble. Pray for comprehension of God's love (Ephesians 3).

3. Overgrown (Thorny): Neglect cares. Trust in His love and cast your worries (I Peter 5).

4. Rich Growing Soil: Good ground producing 30, 60, or 100-fold. Grow in spiritual understanding, rootedness, and trust.

 

Note that only 1 in 4 types of soil produce any real fruit.  Further still even the ‘rich soil’ produces in different measures, some 30, some 60, and some 100 fold.

 

So, what can we do to help our heart be more productive for God’s Word?

 

1) Concrete Yard: Colossians 1 tells us to pray for spiritual understanding.

 

2) Paver Stones: Ephesians 3 tells us to pray to understand every dimension of God’s love, so we can be firmly rooted in the same.

 

3) Overgrown: Trust His love. I Peter 5 tells us to cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us.

 

4) Rich Growing Soil: Seek to grow in the above three areas and you will progressively increase the productivity of your heart-soil some 30, 60 and 100-fold.

 

What steps will you take this week to increase the productivity of your heart-soil?


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Matt Beemer

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GoChurch Global