Prepare your heart.
Matthew 13: 4-8, 18-32 “The Parable of the Sower”
“…And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
Farming is always a great analogy when learning about faith and preparing our heart and mind for God. There is a process for ensuring the growth of a crop. It matters where you put it in the ground. The environment has a direct correlation to productivity and growth. That is the same way with our faith in Christ. If I am not prepared to receive His love and teaching then it will wither away.
Using the passage as a reference, the first seed falling on a path is like us not understanding the message of God. There is no further processing if we do not first understand. The second seed falling on rocky ground and coming up quickly represents our initial excitement for God. However, if the soil has not been prepared, if our hearts have not been prepared, then the old habits take over and we end up where we started. Some seeds were choked by thorns, aka poor influences around us. The fourth and final seed was planted with more intention. The soil was prepared for the seed. In this case, the seed “…bears fruit and yields.” This is our goal.
Is your heart prepared to accept the word of God? Do you understand the message? Are you prepared for how He might change you in order to prepare your heart for His will? What areas of your life could act as the rocky ground and ultimately keep you from God?
I have struggled with accepting what God is calling me to do. I have felt the urge to do a devotion like this for over a year. What took so long? I was afraid. I did not feel ready, smart enough, or good enough. The whole time I was saying no, God was preparing my heart. Let God prepare you for His good works.
Lord, thank you for this time with you. Thank you for the parable of the sower to teach me. God prepare my heart. I want to hear you and see you. Help me to do both. Amen.