As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty. Matthew 13:23 ESV
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus mentions four different types of soil. Each soil receives the seed, but only one, the good soil, produces a crop. The problem is not in the seed, but rather with the soil. How can we be sure we are becoming good soil that will yield a bumper crop?
The good soil is the person who hears and understands God’s message. High-yield soil receives God’s Word and seeks to apply it to their lives. The soil does not work to produce the crop. Rather it simply provides the environment for the seed to reach its full potential and do the purpose for which it was planted. The life and power are in the seed! If we give ourselves to God and applying His Word to our lives, we too will become a high-yield field!
- What does God say about the power of His Word in the following verses? — Isaiah 55:8-11; Jeremiah 23:29
- What do the following passages say about the crop that the Lord is looking for in our lives? — Matthew 7:15-20; Galatians 5:19-26
Question to ponder: Is there anything that is hindering God from producing the crop in your life that He desires?
Passages for further study: Jeremiah 17:7-8; John 15:1-17