Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. Today is Sunday, which means it is time for the Sunday Sessions devotion. On Sunday we discuss an important topic and what we can do about it in our own lives. Today we’ll be talking about roots. There are two types which we will discuss today. Let’s dive into it.
“While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.””
I am sure that everyone has heard this parable. Jesus always related to the people and everyone understood this farmer analogy.
The seed represents the word of God. Everyone will hear about the gospel at least once in their life. The soil represents us and the condition of our heart. So let’s break down each of the soil types (heart types).
The first soil that the seed lands on is the path. The seed goes nowhere and ends up getting trampled and eaten.
Some of us have hard hearts. We hear the word but reject it. We all have that friend who just won’t even discuss Christianity because it’s wrong! Their hearts are hard and they won’t let the truth make its way into their hearts.
2. Rocky Places
The second soil that the seed lands on is the rocky soil. The seed begins to grow but can’t because the roots don’t go deep.
The second condition of the heart is the “rocky heart”. They hear the word of God, the truth and they believe it. We can invite them to church and they come. But soon they fall away due to doubt and unbelief. They initially believe but they don’t do anything about it.
These people are often open to anything. They are searching but not hard. They choose to believe whatever comes their way but they don’t do anything about it. They won’t read the bible of actually take the time to meet God and learn what He is all about.
The third soil is soft and great for growing, well, besides for the weeds and thorns. The seeds go in and make roots but are soon after choked up and killed.
The people who have the “Thorny Soil” are often believers. They will go to church and read the bible. They can love Jesus and live a life for Him. But soon something comes in the way of them and God. It could be money or work but they place something else as the number one priority.
These people could look fine, but hidden in the soil there is secretly something waiting and lurking. Like we said; money, parties, work, study or even family and friends can all become the number one priority in their life. They take the place of God and soon their faith is completely gone. Before they know it, the seed it dead.
4. Good Soil
And finally we come to the good soil. This soil is rich and soft. It is perfect for producing a crop.
This is the heart we want. We want to hear the word and have faith to believe in it. We can receive the seed and also believe it. We will spend time with God, pursuing Him with our whole heart. Our God is God. The one, the only. Like we said in the welcome tab, “He is the only one. He is our number one!”. Good soil receives the word, the seed, and it grows. Let your heart be soft and good for seed.
The seed never changed. The soil did. Good soil produces a good harvest.
We want to have a teachable heart where God’s truth can produce good fruit. That is what this parable is all about.
We can easily say, “Oh yeah, I am a Christian. I pray, I read my bible, I am even on The Faith Filled Friends website. My heart is the “Good soil” so I don’t have to worry!”. That is not how it works. I can read my bible today and really believe the word and really let it grow. But tomorrow I could read and get nothing. The seed is always being sown, but the soil is always changing. You can be a Christian but have rocky soil.
Before I pray and before I write a devotion I like to start with a simple prayer. I ask God to soften my heart and keep it soft. I give Him my heart and ask Him to be the farmer. Prepare my soil to receive your seed. That is all we want. To be able to receive the seed and have it grow.
We often look at people and place them in the four soil categories. But we often forget that our soil is constantly changing. We need roots.
Does your faith have roots? Are you firm in Jesus? If a storm were to hit, would you be uprooted?
Roots are important in the growth of seed and in our faith. The amazing Unspoken song discusses this with us.
‘…I’ve been through the drought of summer
Weathered winter’s snow Winds of change have bent me
Still I never broke…’
‘…I’ve been set down by the river
Anchored by the shore
I drink deep of the water
‘Cause my strength is from the Lord…’
God has placed us by the river, we need to send our roots out and drink, to grow. When we read the bible we grow. When we pray we grow. When we learn more by listening to sermons or doing devotions we grow. When we have soft soil we grow.
‘…I live above the surface
I can’t see under the earth
But the fruit that I’ll be reaping
Starts its life beneath the dirt…’
‘…Your word is a firm foundation
Everyday is a transformation
Standing on the truth of salvation
And I won’t be shaken…’
We know that the fruits of our faithfulness are found below the grown. They first form below the soil, in the roots. We receive from our commitment and strength in Jesus. His word is truth and we won’t be shaken because we have roots.
‘…I got roots, I got roots
And I’m standing on the truth
It’s You, it’s You
That I’m holding onto, holding onto
Deep down in the ground
Firmly planted safe and sound
And I can’t be moved
In You, I got roots…’
Are you firmly planted in Jesus? If not we would love to encourage you to seek out a pastor or an elder in your local church. Pray and ask God to soften your heart so you can receive and grow.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
““But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.””
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I have heard so much about roots throughout the week. I really believe this is a message that God wants us to hear. There is a storm coming As the end draws near and our roots need to grow deep. So let’s pray.
God, we open up our hearts to you. We love you so much. Thank you for dying for my sins and taking my place. Please keep my heart soft and good for producing a large harvest. You are my everything.
The Faith Filled Friends