WANTED: GOOD DIRT (or: Cultivating is as important as Planting) Luke 8:1-15
The Parable of the Sower
8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, he spoke to them in a parable: 8:5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on rock, and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up with it and choked it. 8:8 But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As he said this, he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”
8:9 Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 8:10 He said, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand .
8:11 “Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away.
8:14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.
We are all growing. But what is the crop? Goatgrass or Wheat?
Can shallow soil and weedy dirt become productive? You bet! It’s called Redemption and Restoration!
Lord, I want to be good dirt!
MANY PARABLES HAVE A VACANT CHAIR FOR ME
I may want to hover above the story. Jesus makes eye contact with me as his parable moves along.
This story is no exception. I need to do a bit of self-evaluation: ─ Impenetrable? ─ Shallow? ─ Weed infested? ─ Black Gold?
The Apostles had the right question: Lord, is it I?
THE PROBLEM WITH SPRINTING IN A MARATHON
That Muzzle-loader term:’Flash in the Pan’
The story of two sons (Matthew 21)
Great launch, poor finish, as the Hare!
CLUTTERED HEARTS AND GOATGRASS
David prayed for an ‘undivided heart’. Psalm 86:11
A weedy heart means death to the good stuff…the God stuff.
Jointed goatgrass is a devastating weed that infests 5 million acres of winter wheat in the United States and is spreading unchecked at a rate of 50,000 acres per year. Jointed goatgrass costs producers $145 million annually due to:
Reduced yields - commonly 25 to 50% loss.
Loss of export market
Decreased land value
Increased tillage required
Loss of certified seed market
Rotations to less profitable crops
CAN I SPOT GOATGRASS IN MY FIELD?
Excessive worry and stress
Fixation on money and pleasure
Other stuff that stifles my productivity and competes for my loyalty
SO WHAT IS THIS ‘GOOD SOIL’ THAT PRODUCES A GOOD ‘CROP’?
A noble heart
A good heart
Receptivity to God’s word
Retention of God’s mind on life’s matters
PRODUCTIVITY IS A COMMON THEME IN JESUS’ STORIES
A fig tree
A steward of money
A tenant farmer
Now this…a wheat field!
LORD, GIVE ME AN UNDIVIDED HEART!
Help from the Psalm 119
A young person wanting a pure heart ─v 9
One prone to straying ─v 10
Inclined to selfish gain ─v 36
Lured by worthless things ─v 37
LORD, GIVE ME AN UNDIVIDED HEART! PRUNE ME, PURGE ME DO A HOLY PLANTING IN MY HEART Luke 8:1-15
I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I trust him as my Lord and Savior. Confession