What Jesus Did! 'Choosing To Be Good Soil' — Matthew 13:23

Monday, June 26, 2017

"But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person that hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and makes fruit, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more."
— Matthew 13:23 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 13:23 NLT — "But what is the seed that fell on the good ground?

Key Thought

While much of the seed doesn't produce fruit, that which does is wildly productive. The key is the soil's receptivity and fertility. Jesus says this refers to the person's willingness to really listen and the gift of really understanding what he says. When a person really listens and is committed to be good soil, Jesus gives the gift of understanding, and growth and productivity come about naturally. Jesus' whole point in telling this parable is to not only explain why so many find their walk in Jesus unproductive, but also to drive home the point that each of us is responsible for how we hear his message. We determine our hearts' receptivity. If we want to be good soil, we can be. If our will is to seek after God's truth, we'll find it! God gives his blessing of understanding and productivity to those who diligently seek him in faith.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please share with me your wisdom so that I may know your truth. Give me understanding that I may live your will. Please forgive me for having been inattentive to your word in the past and unwilling to pay the price to learn your truth. I want to know your truth and be set free to live a productive life in your service. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 1:9-12
  • 2 Peter 1:5-8
  • Hebrews 11:6

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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