It’s All in the Soil

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A common question we always ask each other after a Sunday sermon is, ‘how was the service?’ or sometimes we ask ‘what did you learn?’ That question will be answered in a different ways by different people even if they were in the same service. So, how was the service? one will tell you, ‘the pastor was not around’. Another would say, ‘today they just sang boring songs, and the lead singer was off key most of the time’. Another would say ‘I did not understand anything the pastor said, he was speaking too fast’. Yet another will tell you ‘I learnt a lot, the Holy spirit revealed to me truths that I needed in this season. and another, ‘I loved the prayer session, I experienced the move of God’. Well, each one of them is right. The truth is, its all in the soil.

I have in many occasions said a lot about a church service; so much petty and minor things. I have had opinions about preachers, trying to convince myself that I cannot listen to them because of what I have heard about them. But lately I have realized that when it comes to the word of God, the most important thing is the soil. As long as the word falls on fertile ground, the vessel s a minor issue. So blaming the music team, the pastor’s suit, the church sound, the ushers, the children crying in church, simply means that God’s word fell on weeds. Walk in that church with the right attitude, with a broken spirit eager to hear from the Lord, then the Lord will minister to you.

Remember the parable of the sower in Matthew 13? Jesus explains the parable saying: `People listen to the message about the kingdom of heaven. If anyone does not understand it, the devil comes along and takes the message out of his heart. That person is like the seed which fell on the road. Some seed fell on the stony ground. That is like a person who hears the message and right away he is glad to hear it. But it does not go down deep in his heart. He believes it for a short time. When trouble or a hard time comes because of the message, he stops believing. Some seed fell among the weeds. That is like the person who hears the message. But he thinks about the things of this world. He wants to get money to be happy. These things push the message out of his heart. No good comes from it.’

Its all in the soil. We interact with God’s word in so many places, but whether or not we get renewed, encouraged and transformed depends with the type of soil we are. God never gathers His people in vain, no one goes to church by mistake. No one reads the Bible by mistake. God is always at work, speaking through His word which is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Today I pray that whenever we interact with God’s word, it will fall on fertile soil. The one described in Matthew 13:23 ‘Some seed fell on good ground. That is like a person who hears the message and understands it. Much good comes from it. Some people are like the seed that gave a hundred more seeds. Some people are like the seed that gave sixty. Some people are like the seed that gave thirty.’


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