Lenten Devotion Day 27
Oh, I’m Good Dirt!
Parable of the Sower
I find great reassurance in today’s verse. I didn’t always find reassurance until a professor in seminary pointed out the math of this verse. In the verse, 75% of the seed the sower plants bears no fruit. Only 25% of the seed planted comes to fruition. Why does this reassure me? Jesus is telling me that even He only expects a 25% fruition rate on all the seeds of faith He plants. WOW! I feel much better about my returns.
Of course, I have to be practical. I plant a vegetable garden every year. In fact, I dabble in urban farming. For me to produce the crops I want to harvest, I know I must plant more than I need. Already this year, 3 of my baby tomato plants have been eaten. I also know some of my seeds won’t come up or won’t bear fruit.
This lesson is the same whenever I share a Christian message, whether in class or a blog post like this. Only some of those receiving the message will bear fruit. In other words, only a few of you will ever act on any of the Lenten lessons in this book.
What about you? Do the distractions of life stop you from acting on the lessons, like birds pecking at the seeds? Are you unprepared for the material because you fail to pray before you begin or never take time to read Scripture or devotions, like the seeds landing on soil that wasn’t prepared for planting? Or are you the one with a hardened heart, reading the words and then grumbling about the material and refusing to take the message to heart?
Based on Jesus’ math, only 25% of you will read these daily lessons, take it to heart and act on it. Tell me, are you good dirt?
1. If you aren’t good dirt, how can you improve?
2. What prevents you from taking the lessons to heart and bearing fruit?
3. How does your attitude affect your family?
4. How can all of you change so you become good dirt?