What Kind of Soil Are You? (Luke 8:4-15)Pastor Jared Shumate, August 11, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Sunday Morning, August 11th, 2019 - What Kind of Soil Are You? - Pastor Jared Shumate
Have you ever planted a garden? Maybe you have a "green thumb" and everything you've ever planted becomes a beautiful flower or a produce bearing plant. Or maybe you can't even get weeds to grow and even your cactus died. But, if you ask any good farmer they will likely tell you that success depends a lot on your soil. It must be prepared properly and ready to receive the seed.
In the book of Luke we see Jesus teaching a parable using different types of soil as the examples. We see someone sowing seeds, trying to get them to grow. But the seeds' success depends on the type of soil they were planted in.
Jesus tells us outright that the seed is the Word of God. That means the soil is the type of heart we receive the Word of God with. Maybe you think you're good soil, but in reality there is unconfessed sin holding you back. Maybe you know of others who are so hardhearted that they don't want to hear anything about God.
Examine your heart today and consider this question: What Kind of Soil Are You?
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4And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (KJV)