Wednesday, July 13, 2011

POV Wednesday – Soul Garden

I heard a sermon recently about the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20) that gave me a fresh perspective.

I used to think that once I became a Christian, years and years ago, I could check this parable off my list. The seed of God’s Word fell on good soil and I chose to follow Him. Task accomplished.

Ha! I’m so arrogant.

Yes, accepting Christ is a first step. However, the Word is being sown or planted in our lives every day. And every day, we choose how to receive that Word.

What a light bulb for me to realize that I’m not always – in fact more often not – the good soil! I don’t always receive His Word and allow it to grow and produce fruit.

As Christians, we can have hard soil that gives the enemy easy pickens to steal it away. We can have rocky, shallow soil that sparks enthusiastic, emotional response in the short term but does not allow lasting, committed roots to grow. We can have soil infested with weeds and thorns choking out the life of the Word and leaving us unfruitful.

I discovered that I’m at a place where my soil is thorny – I’ve allowed life’s experiences and disappointments to choke out a lot of the good seed.

My prayer of late has been – Lord, please weed my soul garden!

Take a look at your garden from a different perspective – what kind of soil do you have today?

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Anonymous said...

Lori, short but mighty! I always learn something from your perspective. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

SarahtheBaker said...

I really love this post. We become good soil, it's not a one-time deal! Love it!