Mark 4:8-9,20 (NKJV)
8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
9 And He said [c]to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, [e]accept it,and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
The power within the seed can only be unleashed when it is planted in good ground. As we have learnt this week, the seed which is the word of God is flawless. God’s desire is that our hearts would be good soil because then we can reap the benefits contained in the word.
When I think about good soil I am reminded of Joshua and what God told him when he took over from Moses.
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[a] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
This right here is the process of what it takes to be good soil. Just like the good soil which embraces the seed and envelopes it so that it is not stolen by the birds of the air, a good heart embraces the word and hides it. David says;
Psalm 119:11 (NKJV)
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Hiding that word in your heart means that you meditate upon it. God tells Joshua to meditate upon it day and night. This means that I make this word the most important thing in my life so that I am consistently thinking about it. This will automatically mean that I will talk about it all the time. It will not depart from my mouth and I will align my life according to the teachings of the word.
The results are guaranteed, the word will bear fruit in my life and others will be able to see. As God told Joshua, then I will make my way prosperous and I will have good success.
The answers to life are contained in the word of God. May we read it, speak it, meditate upon it and apply it in our lives. May we be the good ground that Jesus talked about.