What Kind Of Ground Are You
Luke 8:4: And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
One constant in the parable is that the seed is the Word of God, the Bible. Another constant is that the seed bears fruit on the good ground that multiplies. The third constant is found in verses 8 and 15. Individuals who are likened to good ground bear fruit with patience. If they are going to bear fruit an hundredfold it must mean they have become sowers of the word too. Good ground will not normally just bear fruit for one year. Properly cared for, it will bear fruit every year with an occasional year of rest.
Are you bearing fruit? Are you producing anything that you did not produce before you received the seed? Are you sowing the Word of God? Do you give Bibles to others? Do you quote the Bible to others? Do you read the Bible to others? Do you teach the Bible to others? Do you by your attendance, encouragement, financial support and prayers support churches, pastors and missionaries that do those things? If you do not regularly attend a church like that it is highly unlikely that you are good ground.
Care to discuss What Kind Of Ground Are You with Ron?