posted Apr 28, 2015, 12:27 PM by Dale Barnes

 Someone has said, “maintaining is more difficult the gaining.”  It is a continual challenge to walk with Christ. Yet, he is faithful to help.

Jesus gives a parable about the Kingdom of God in Luke 8:4-15. He speaks of the four kinds of ground that the seed (Word of God) falls on; four types (attitudes)of hearts. The first type is complete rejection of God’s word.  The final three speak of hearts who receive the word, but each reacts differently.

Rocky or shallow soil: Initially the word is accepted with joy. There is excitement about God’s salvation.  However, when testings (trials) come, they are offended at things that happen, stumble and draw away from a walk with God.  Thorny soil: The Word again is accepted, but there are other things that cause the Word and calling of God to be unfruitful. Life’s worries, riches and pleasures choke(dominate the time of) the Call and challenge of God’s word and there is little or fruit produced.  Almost all of us can relate to these obstacles, if honest.

Good soil: This is a noble (honest) and good heart. Here are the three main qualities that make it good and fruitful. (1) They hear (listen) to the Word (God’s message). (2)They see its value and embrace it. They take it to themselves. (3) Finally, in seeing its value, they persevere. They don’t give up and bring forth fruit that will last forever.  

This prayer is good for us all. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Ps.139:23-24 NIV) The trusting, humble and honest God will not turn away. He will help us develop and maintain a proper and fruitful relationship with him.