But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
In the post modern era is very popular preaching of planting and harvesting. It asserts that one is planting and then getting the crop. However, what it is often overlooked in such preaching that no seed will harvest without good ground where it can plant the seed. Not all areas of our planet are suitable to plant and grow crops. There also spiritually barren land and produce nothing and good ground which bear much fruit.
Several years ago I went to Puerto Rico to resolve some personal issues. As usual whenever I go to the island of enchantment, I called Miguel, my best friend, who received me in his apartment located cross street the airport in San Juan. I arrived on a Friday and Saturday Miguel, who is Adventist, asked me if I wanted to accompany him to his church. I told him I had no objection to go with it. We left early his apartment for going to the church.
What struck me that Saturday service in the church of my friend Miguel was the preacher delivered a sermon on the parable of the sower. At the end of his sermon he said: “The problem is not the seed because the seed is always good because it is the Word of God. The problem is the type of soil in which the seed falls. What kind of soil are you?” Hearing those words, the Spirit bore witness that I myself throughout my life had been on the ground by the wayside, stony grounds, lawn strewn with thorns and good soil.
On Sunday, my pastor, who agreed with me in Puerto Rico called me and asked me if I had any plans for the Monday morning. I said no and he said he would pick me up at 10 o’clock. So he did and took me to a house where several Catholic ladies were gathered. My pastor shared the word of God with them and spoke on the parable of the sower. When finished, the pastor told them the following: “The problem is not the seed because the seed is always good because it is the Word of God. The problem is the type of soil in which the seed falls. What kind of soil are you?”
Upon hearing my pastor repeat exactly the same words I heard on Saturday in the church of my friend Miguel, I was shocked. My pastor was totally unaware where I had been on Saturday and he did not know what I heard because I did not comment on it, so he made no such comment by being aware of what I had heard two days earlier. But the Spirit of God knew and had moved in two totally different religious backgrounds to give me a clear and accurate message.
Today I share this story with you that hear or read my message. It is likely that you, like I was, throughout your life, you’ve heard the word; but the enemy has taken what was sown in your heart. It is also likely that occasionally you have heard the word and immediately receive it with joy; but when the trails come you’ve encountered. Other times you may have heard the word; but the worries of this world and the deceitfulness of riches have choked the Word making it unfruitful. What kind of land have been you?
Today is the day you’re that good ground, you receive the Word in your heart, you understand and produce fruit a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. God bless you.