Are You Good Soil Yet?
Hebrews 10:36 says: For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and [carry away] [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
Patience is a difficult task for most people and it’s not much different for a growing believer in Jesus Christ. We have a hard time disassociating the “fast food” mindset we know, from our Christian walk and obedience to God.
With think “fast” is good, but God thinks “patience” is good. Jesus taught the crowd one day this parable…
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the traveled path and was trodden underfoot, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6 And some [seed] fell on the rock, and as soon as it sprouted, it withered away because it had no moisture.
7 And other [seed] fell in the midst of the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it [off].
8 And some seed fell into good soil, and grew up and yielded a crop a hundred times [as great]. As He said these things, He called out, He who has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him consider and understand by hearing!
9 And when His disciples asked Him the meaning of this parable,
10 He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend. (And if we are His disciples today, we must receive the same instruction from Our Lord.)
11 Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
12 Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter].
13 And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof).
14 And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection).
15 But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience. (The requirement here is that when they hear the Word, they do it! And because they do, they steadily bring forth fruit!)
16 No one after he has lighted a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a [dining table] couch; but he puts it on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.
17 For there is nothing hidden that shall not be disclosed, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come out into the open.
18 Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away. (Knowledge here is the “revelation” of God’s Word from the Holy Spirit living in you and your sincere desire to understand and FOLLOW what He reveals. The good soil is a worthy heart.
The person that is only “thinking, guessing and supposing he is doing the formula, will have that understanding taken away from him. Because he does NOT have spiritual knowledge, only a form of godliness, like Paul wrote to Timothy.
When you’re choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares or riches and pleasures of life, your fruit can’t come to maturity.
But you say, I’m very sincere about wanting to grow and know the Lord’s will for my life…
Sincere is NOT the same as “submitted” to His Lordship through “OBEDIENCE.” Then you’ll produce fruit as you abide in Him. You will steadily produce more fruit.
If you were able to be honest with yourself, you know there are probably areas in your life that you may still be holding onto. If Jesus doesn’t have your WHOLE heart, He’s not being allowed to be Lord of your heart. Jesus said, If you love Me, you will obey Me.”
John 14:21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.
[Luke 8:5-18 Courtesy of Amplified Version BibleGateway.com]