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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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Jennifer Cole

“The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Mark 4:15-20, NLT

Ever wonder how a room full of people could hear the same message or same Scriptures, and for some it “sticks” and is life-changing, and for others there doesn’t seem to be any effect? Here in the parable of the sower, Jesus described four types of heart conditions -- meaning, our receptivity to His Word and fruitfulness -- and compares each with a type of DIRT. Perhaps the most interesting and sobering part of his parable is the realization that for 75% of the dirt -- that is, for 3 out of the 4 heart types described -- fruit did not grow.

Dirt described as wayward, dirt that is stony and shallow, and dirt that is overgrown with thorns -- all of those turn out to be unfruitful conditions. The seeds of God’s truth fall onto all of those soil types, but they don’t bear fruit. We want to be fruit-bearing, life-filled, prosperous Christians! So what type of soil does our heart condition need to be like?

Good dirt is a heart that hears the Word, accepts the Word and bears fruit. This is a person with an honest and good heart -- they are faithful to God and His purposes and they obey Him to sow their lives into His kingdom. This is not for the faint, the weak or the weary. The good soil person has made a choice to enrich themselves with the Word and Spirit and keep the main thing the main thing. The good dirt hearts realize that they were designed to produce fruit and they focus on doing just that. Some people’s lives produce 30, 60 or 100 fold in fruit!

Our fruitfulness is determined by our dirt! So...what dirt best describes your heart? Stony dirt? Shallow dirt? Thorny dirt? Or...good dirt?

Say This: “Father, I want my heart to be identified with the good soil. I want to hear Your Word, receive it, accept it and produce fruit. Help me to weed, feed and nourish the dirt of my heart with things that matter. May I produce 30, 60 and 100 fold in fruit for Your kingdom and Your purposes. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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