WHAT IS VALUABLE? (Part #4) 6-23-2013

posted Jul 6, 2013, 7:40 PM by Dale Barnes

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble (honest) and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”  (Lu.8:15 NIV)

This is the fourth kind of ground mentioned in the parable of the sower.(Lu.8:4-15) Jesus called it the good soil that would produce a fruitful crop.  What are the three main ingredients of this soil, or heart of an individual?  Hearing the message of God; retaining or personally embracing the message and persevering (not giving up) with the message.

What about the others soils?  The pathway soil: Hardened and packed. A heart that considers the message of no value and rejects it!  The rocky or shallow soil:  Initially receives the message with joy and excitement, but has little depth of commitment, so when trials come because of the message, they are offended and give up. The thorny soil: They hear the message, but don’t give great value to it. Their attention is taken up with worries, riches and pleasures, so there is no maturity of fruit.  None is these soils (hearts) realize the true value of the message of God, they have little or no lasting, eternal fruit..

The parable of sower is one of the most, maybe the most, important parable the Lord Jesus spoke to us. We truly need to see its clear message. The noble or honest and good heart  considers carefully the message, sees its value, and therefore embraces it with a whole heart, and does not quit or give up when challenges come.

In John 15:1-17, Jesus tells his disciples that the key to much fruitfulness that lasts, is abiding or remaining in Christ.  Living a Christ centered life is the valuable thing! Being truly committed to follow Christ and his ways.   .