The Word of God is sown everywhere. The question we must ask ourselves is where are we? Perhaps yesterday we were on a rocky path. Yet active within us is God’s fertile Word nourishing our strengths, strengthening our weaknesses and with patient endurance (Luke 8:1-15), today, we can be found flourishing in good soil and bearing good fruit.
Discern what is sown for the Lord. Have faith in God’s promises and know that in time, good soil not only bears good fruit, it bears fruit abundantly and with purpose.
I am the Lord. If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully, I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall overtake the vintage, and the vintage shall overtake the sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full… I will look with favor upon you and make you fruitful and multiply you; and I will maintain my covenant with you. You shall eat old grain long stored, and you shall have to clear out the old to make way for the new. I will place my dwelling in your midst, and I shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the Lord your God … Leviticus 26:1-20
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Lent: Day 13 – While at the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show I came across a very intriguing notation as part of the Delaware Valley College education exhibit. It read; “Soil is a system of organisms, air, water, organic matter and elements. Soil is a systems teeming with life! …dirt is what you find under your fingernails, on your clothes, or stuck in your tires.” In many ways I believe the parable of the sower speaks to the various environments in which we sometimes find ourselves. Ultimately our goal is to always be found in “good soil,” where we are able to hear and accept the word, allowing it to be nourished within us, so that together we may be of good use and our exponents can be released and shared for sowing God’s word in and through others. I liken it to the law of exponential growth in which the base is the word of God and the exponents are the various gifts we bring to enhance and spread the gospel. Our gifts express who we are in Christ. The more we use our gifts in and through Christ, the more God is glorified. Who then, can stand against such glory and power!
Teeming – abounding or swarming with something
teeming. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 07, 2012, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/teeming
Mark 4:1-20 Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ 9And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’