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Scripture Passage: Matthew 9:18-23 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Devotional Entry:  

After clearing out the old and creating space for something new, it is time to soil and plant.  When planting something new, you dig a hole so that there’s more than enough room for the roots to fit comfortably and there’s space for the plant to grow.  And then you plant the plant.  You actually have to physically get the plant and stick it in the ground.  “Well duh, that’s obvious!”.  But how many times do we know something is good or know God has something for us but that’s all it is.  A thought.  That’s not planting it, that’s thinking about planting it.  The same goes for us.  The ways in which God highlights areas of growth or things we know we need to grow in need to be active.  We have to use our discernment and choose to be an active participant in the process.  It could look like praying before responding to someone, dedicating time to read the word, obeying what God is directing, and/or seeking help and guidance from a trusted friend.  God is going to work but he gives us free will to do our part.  

Once the plant is in the hole, it is time to surround it with the nutrients and soil it needs to thrive.  There are a bunch of different soil types that are geared for different types of plants.  As the Bible explains, the type of soil you have is vital for the seeds or plants.  It provides an environment for the plant to succeed.  On top of the various soil types, there are tons of resources to help aid the growth of the plant like fertilizers and mulch.  We need to make sure we are doing the things that build good soil and surround ourselves with things that will help us in building that.  We need to be in God’s word and understand it so that the things we plant grow into a full harvest.  The passages in Matthew make it obvious which soil is best, but which one are you?

Challenge:Sit with the Lord.  Bring your life, worries, joys to Him.  Take the time to read the word, ask questions, dig into it, and try to understand the truths that it holds.