Why don’t more people accept the truth of God’s word? Let me rephrase that…why don’t WE, those who call ourselves HIS people, why don’t we always accept it? I’m not talking to those super spiritual people who claim they always gladly accept God’s word, but those who are willing to admit that sometimes what God requires can be difficult for our flesh. Also, when I say accept, I don’t just mean hear it. I mean those who hear it…receive it…and make the immediate appropriate changes in their lives according to it….ACCEPT IT.
Yes , God’s word is perfect…In what we call the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13, Jesus calls the word SEED…GOOD SEED.
Matthew 13: 18-23 (NKJV)
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Good seed only grows in good ground.
Sometimes, our mindset, our attitude, and how we let our circumstances affect both can make our hearts bad soil, or bad ground.
Have you ever received the truth of the word when you were…
Angry with God?
Angry at the world?
In a bad lifestyle?
In a bad relationship?
In the midst of doing wrong?
Had doubt in the source from which you received the word?
While you were self-righteous and could see fault in others but not yourself?
Whatever the reason, when we’re honest with ourselves. Most of the time we know when what we’re hearing or reading is right…
We know when it’s speaking specifically to us…
We know when it convicts us…
Sometimes, we just aren’t ready to accept it yet.
God works hard to make sure our hearts are ‘good ground’ for His word to be planted. Seeds can’t be planted unless the ground is broken, and sometimes the difficult situations that we endure is God’s way of breaking our ground so we can be ready to accept the seed of the word. Some digging has to take place. Once that good seed is planted in good ground, it can produce a harvest of good fruit… that leads to future harvests.
We must be careful not to let life’s challenges harden our hearts and our ground.
We must be careful not to allow our flesh to harden our hearts and our ground.
We just be careful not to allow weak faith to harden our hearts and our ground.
Let us always make it our daily prayer that our hearts are always GOOD GROUND FOR GOOD SEED.
Can you dig it?