Thursday, June 25

The Fruitful Soil

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” (John 15:1 KJV)

“Now here is the explanation of the story I told about the farmer planting grain: The hard path where some of the seeds fell represents the heart of a person who hears the Good News about the Kingdom and doesn't understand it; then Satan comes and snatches away the seeds from his heart. The shallow, rocky soil represents the heart of a man who hears the message and receives it with real joy, but he doesn't have much depth in his life, and the seeds don't root very deeply, and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops out. The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for money choke out God's Word, and he does less and less for God. The good ground represents the heart of a man who listens to the message and understands it and goes out and brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom.” (Matt. 13:18-23 TLB)

The Lord says…

“If the ground is not turned, I cannot plant My seeds. A life as a lovely green meadow with its abundance of wild flowers is a fair picture of beauty. But there’s more to be had from the rich soil lying beneath the surface blanket of a lovely green pasture. Cultivating this meadow can produce a harvest of fruit, of nourishment, of good things for others.

The Hand of the One tilling the soil is the One Who loves it the most and sees the greatest potential in it for harvest. The roots beneath the surface must be ripped out that the ground might be tilled and furrowed, giving room to accept the seeds of growth.

Open your eyes and see as I see. I see beautiful golden fields of wheat, waving their ripened grain in the breeze, ready for harvest.

A life in the Hands of the One guiding the plow will be a fruitful meadow yielding a harvest of grain as bread-corn for others. A life uprooted and turned over, welcoming the plantings of the Master Husbandman, will gladden the hearts of others with its lovely field of produce.”

The deep furrows made upon your soul serve only to open it to receive the words, comfort, love, healing, and power of the Lord that they may take root and flourish with a crop of tasty fruit.

God is the Master Husbandman Who sometimes must dig deep into one’s life, knowing where the best soil lies, and dropping in His seeds of encouragement, peace, and blessings that they may grow for the use of others.

“The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.” (2 Tim 2:6 KJV)

The Husbandman knows His soil and purposes to have a harvest. Allow Him to do His tilling in your life and to plant the seeds of Word into your heart that you may give back to Him that bumper crop.

10 Responses
  1. Wonderful post, Lynn. What a great reminder that God is doing continued work in us so we can be used for His purposes! Beautiful indeed!

    Have an awesome night!


  2. Gigi Says:

    This was a beautiful explanation of the parable of the different soils. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning and you did well to explain it so that someone could understand.

    I used to get frustrated when I would work so hard to try to bring someone to the saving grace of God only to feel slighted if someone else did it first. But then I realized that many times my job might be to plant the seed so that someone else can come along and cultivate it or vice versa.

    I tell people to bloom where they are planted but only if the Lord has put them in that soil.

    May this entry help someone draw closer to the Lord. Many blessings to you! ~Gigi

  3. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

    A friend told me to bloom in a flower pot if that's where God had planted me, and stop worrying about where to put down roots 'cause He might plan to move the pot.

  4. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, sweet Mommy! Your comments are always precious to me. Bless you!

  5. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, thank you, Gigi. You are such a precious new friend. I deeply appreciate your comment. Be blessed!

  6. lynnmosher Says:

    LOL! Sheila, I love that. Too funny and yet so true. Have to remember that. I always love having your comments. Blessings to you!

  7. What a beautiful post! We do need to let God prepare us to receive the seed of His Word and be fruitful in our lives. This is a wonderful parable, and your explanation of it helps make it clearer and even more meaningful, Lynn.

  8. Sylvia Says:

    Really thoughtful post Lynn.It's so easy to just think of it as a picture to help us when we talk about Jesus, and they are not interested, but it's so much more personal than that. Such a clear explanation, as always!

    What a blessing you are.

  9. Lynn --

    Love your insight into the "deep furrows." I tend to balk at the pain caused by the digging, forgetting the deeper purpose. You've given me a great image to help me remember: I really don't want to live a shallow life (even tho the seeming comfort can be appealing at times!)

    In His Delight,


  10. Wonderful post. I enjoy stopping by to see what wisdom you have to share from God for the day. I recommended your blog to my readers.