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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Tending the Soil of Your Life"

Date published: 09/04/2011

Mark 4:15-20 “Some people are like seed along the path, where the Word is sown.  As soon as they hear it, satan comes and takes away the Word that was sown in them.  Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the Word and at once receive it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away.  Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the Word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.  Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the Word, accept it, and produce a crop - thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."  (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower poses one of the most important transformational questions that every Christian will answer directly or by omission.  The question is what type of soil is your life?  Today’s devotion gives you the chance to answer this question directly or by prayerfully considering how you can make your soil more fruitful.  God’s desire is for you to be rich soil that is abundantly fruitful for His kingdom.  John 15:8 “This is to My Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”  Your answer to this question will be revealed in how you tend the soil of your life.  Soil that is untended or poorly tended does not produce a fruitful harvest and even deteriorates from neglect.  Your flesh, the world, and satan will all be working to rob you of your kingdom purpose and the fruitfulness that God desires for you.  Tend the soil of your life by cultivating a closer, deeper, more dynamic relationship with Jesus by spending time daily with Him in prayer and Bible reading.  Enrich your soil further through Bible study, Scripture memory, meditating on His truths, sharing your faith with others, and putting others first by serving them.  God will use all of these to make you rich soil that is abundantly fruitful for Him.

John 15:4 “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”  (NIV)