I live in an area with very rich farming land, much of what the call the Salad bowl of America is grown there. Everywhere you drive, you see this rich fertile soil that produces crops 52 weeks a year. Jesus likened our hearts to the soil, and the ones that have fertile soil produce fruit many times what was planted. Is your heart fertile soil?
“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
Get Your Heart in the Right Place
The parable of the soils is a reminder to believers that their hearts need to be in the right state for fruit to grow. If our hearts are hard to the Word of God, then there won’t be any growth. If our hearts are full of rocks and weeds, you may see some growth, but it won’t be substantial or last. Only the heart that has been tilled and weeded is capable of producing a bumper crop. For that to happen, we need to remove the cares of this world.
Fertile hearts are a result of the constant work of the Holy Spirit. There is the work of repentance for our sins that breaks up the hard areas of, and then there is the work of conviction that alerts us to the soil that looks good, but underneath has rocks that won’t allow roots. Finally, there is the work of denying ourselves, which removes the thorns that choke out the purposes of the Lord. If you allow the Spirit to take you through this work, you will see fertile soil in your heart.
Is Your Heart Fertile Soil?
Too many Christians focus on the hundred-fold fruit in their lives than they do the hard work that produces it. No good fruit grows in an untended garden. Submit your heart to the work of the Spirit today and let Him clean it up and produce fertile soil.