When the Parable of the Sower is preached, it is likely most in attendance believe they indeed resemble good soil. We are at worship; we are hearing God’s Word and singing his praise. Yet, truthfully, as the seed of God’s Word is scattered among the congregation, what are the chances that it always lands on such fertile ground?
Everyone becomes preoccupied at times; we do not always listen intently. Sometimes, issues may find us more like the pathway. We are in the church, but our mind is elsewhere. Some in attendance may be like rocky ground, those who worship, but only a few times each year. When the minister says “Go in peace” they quickly fall back into worldly habits. Worries or distractions also present obstacles to our hearing. Preoccupied with other things, the gospel message may seem distant and unfamiliar.
To become good soil, Christians must practice spiritual discipline. We must pray earnestly, worship regularly, read scripture daily and participate in the Sacrament of the Altar. Jesus calls us to produce fruit for God’s kingdom. Therefore, as disciples of Jesus, we must strive to become good soil.
Prayer: Lord let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your Word. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.