Matthew 13:22-23 (NRSV)
22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Remember as a child we learned in school about photosynthesis? There is where we learned how light, water, and soil interacts to bring forth plant life and growth.
Jesus here explaining the parable of the seed and the sower gives powerful insight into the photosynthesis of yielding fruit. The first question we must ask ourselves is, “What is the seed (God's word) being sown into in my life?” If all week long our minds are focused on worldly things like getting rich, celebrity culture, fear, hate, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and drama, we have a field of thorns. When God's word is sown in our life we will yield nothing. But if we meditate day and night on God's goodness, we fill our minds and spirits with things that have nutritional value.
Our hearts and minds are now good soil. When God's word comes not only do we recognize it more fully but we are also able to yield an abundance of fruit. Sisters and brothers it's all in the soil. That's what these devotions are designed to do. Help us get our soil ready.
Lord help me to fill my mind and spirit with things that are pleasing to you. Give me an appetite and desire for things you desire. Prune away the thorns from my heart and replace it with good soil. Lord do this for me that I might yield fruit one hundred, sixty, and thirty fold. In Jesus Name!
Questions for Meditation
What are the thorns I fill my heart and mind with throughout the week?
What are some concrete ways I can begin to replace thorns with soil?
What is some of the fruit God wants me to yield abundantly?
Now Pray in Your own words that God replaces the thorns with soil, cause you to yield abundantly, and keep you in the light of Christ.