“Therefore hear the parable of the sower.” Matthew 13:18
The parable of the sower is a very profound parable that is certain to compel the listener to ask, “What kind of soil am I? How can I prepare my heart and mind to be the right kind of soil?” In this parable, Jesus shares about four different types of soil. The four soils represent four classes of hearers, each with a different response to the Word of God. The most important part of the parable is understanding that the soils represent the human heart.
Jesus declares only one of the four soils is good soil. What makes this soil good? It bears fruit. The mark of a spirit-filled believer - one who is good soil - is that they bear spiritual fruit because they hear and understand the Word of God. The Psalmist declares in Psalm 1:2-3, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall no wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
What is spiritual fruit? It’s our attitude. In Galatians 5:22-23a Paul reveals, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.” And in Philippians 1:11 Paul tells us we are filled “with the fruits of righteousness to the glory and praise of God.” This is why we were saved - to bear fruit and glorify God.
What kind of soil are you? Join us Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we dig deep into the four different types of soil and learn how to prepare our hearts and minds to be the good soil.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!