Focus on the soil

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My grandmother used to warn us against blaming the plough. Many times she would give us some farm work and we would hurry to pick the best ploughs. Once done, she would check to see who did a good job; for some unknown reason I would always say my plough was too blunt. Even if I picked the plough first, I would always claim that it was not the best. She would then tell us to avoid blaming the ploughs because she had selected the best ones for us.

At times during the harvest season, we would find ourselves blaming the seed when the harvest is poor. Even when she buys the best seed from the market and follows the right process of planting and weeding, if the results are not good then we would find a way of reviewing the seeds. She would then tell us how much she spent on getting the best seeds. Instead often she thought it’s the sowers saying maybe her workers did not plant well.

We never mentioned the soil. We almost believed that the soil was perfect and the other factors were to blame for the bad harvest. I remembered my grandmother’s farm this morning as I read the parable of the sower In Matthew 13, interestingly, nothing much is said about the sower, nothing much is said about the seed, but so much is said about the soil. This shows that when it comes to growing in God’s word. We cannot blame God, we cannot blame the Bible, the only factor that is not constant is the soil; our hearts.

“When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:19-23)

Which type of soil are you?  The seed and the sower are constant, we can’t blame them. We can’t say that the sower has favourites, we can’t say that the seed is different, the results of growth depend on you. Today examine your heart, is the word of God bearing fruit in you? Have you been trying to pick a perfect plough? Have you been trying to review the seed? Stop, and focus on the soil. May the Lord help us all to hear, understand and produce crop.


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