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08/06/2014

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Be The Good Soil


"Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown..... But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hears the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop" (Lk.8:8; 15).

My teen class this past Wednesday evening, and adult class this past Sunday morning was about The Parable of the Sower from the gospel of Luke. It is found in Lk.8:5-15. It might be good for all of us to read this parable and meditate upon it soon...Now I am sure that most of you have heard many sermons preached on this parable, and I believe that I have a few tucked away in my files. Aesop was a Greek slave who lived in the fifth century and wrote what we call fables. The fables were told and retold over the years, with morals attached to them. Jesus' parable about the sower, though not a fable, has a powerful moral attached by Jesus Himself... Perhaps we do not like to hear ourselves being referred to as soil, that's what we are. I would say that the moral behind this parable is found in my title this morning. Be the good soil!

As a teacher, I enjoy this parable because after giving it, He is asked what it meant. Jesus goes into specific detail about its meaning and moral... Be the good soil! In his explanation, (vs. 11-15) Jesus is straight forward with His thoughts that are found in today's verses. In the ESV it reads; "Hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and then bear fruit with patience..." Jesus' moral teaching is twofold. (1) Hold it fast. (2) Then bear fruit. I love the simple lessons of life that Jesus teaches... If we are to be the good soil, holding fast is more than just keeping the word on our mind... It must come out in our actions. We are to take the teachings of Jesus and live them out in our lives, allowing them to take root deep within us so that they will never be shaken... Like that famous tree in the first Psalm... "planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither...." It all comes with being the good soil...

Have a great day... Do good and give Him the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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