“And 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.” (Luke 8:14 KJV)
In the Parable of the Sower Jesus explains to us four different types of soil that the seed of the word can fall on: beside the road, rocky soil, thorny soil, and good soil. Each type producing different levels of fruitfulness. Today it occurred to me that we often want to assume the best about ourselves and automatically assume that we are good ground, but what if we aren’t?
In this new season of my life, God has brought me to a new place in Him. I’ve recently embraced at a deeper level what God sees in me and have accepted that reality in my heart at a deeper level. With that obedience comes a higher call to do more for His kingdom. But even in this new place I’ve found myself being distracted by things of this world and every day life. It has really hit-home for me the importance of spending time with God and making sure you are constantly recalibrating to the place you should be mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
In the scripture used today, God was ministering to me this morning about this parable because often times we go through life assuming we are good, and assuming some of the warnings in the Bible don’t apply to our own lives. God showed me just how deceitful this world and the lust in it can be. We can’t get too caught up seeking the things of this world, such as a job, a new house, a new car, and figuring out where our income sources will come from that we unintentionally take our eyes off of the eternal things: those things that will last in the life to come. Jesus said that we are to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33). Our Father in heaven knows that we have need of those things, so we shouldn’t worry about them (Matthew 6:32). Material things will only pass away.
So when we are instructed and encouraged to spend time with God, it’s not from a place of legalism and religion but out of necessity in order to bring forth fruit for God’s Kingdom. Each day brings a new care (Matthew 6:34), so it is our job to be diligent in remaining good ground.
“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:18-19)