How to Get Rooted Into A Strong Foundation
As I continue my journey with Jesus I was led to Matthew 13 where Jesus begins speaking to the people in parables–earthly stories with heavenly meanings. In this chapter, Jesus addresses the parables of the sower, the weeds, the mustard seed, the yeast, the hidden treasure, the pearl, and the net but for this post, I want to focus on the parable of the sower.
In the parable of the sower Jesus speaks about four types of people, each representing seeds that landed in different places. One of the seeds landed along the path where birds came and ate it all up. The other seed landed on rocky places with not much soil, and grew quickly, but withered because it had no root. The other seed fell among thorns that choked the plants after it grew and last, the other seed fell on good soil where it produced a plentiful crop (Matthew 13:3-8).As I reflected on the meaning of this parable, I couldn’t help but realize that I used to be the seed that fell among the thorns. That seed represents the person that hears the word but allows the worries of life and deceitfulness of wealth restrain them, making him or her unfruitful (Matthew 13:22). That took me back to when I was younger and living off of my mother’s and father’s testimony. Back then I hadn’t experienced the awesomeness of God for myself. I constantly worried about the little things even though I knew God was capable of great things. I went to church regularly because I grew up going to church and knew that attending church was something that had to be done. However, I still did my own thing and was in that “YOLO (You Only Live Once)” stage. During those times, I stated that I was a Christian but I wasn’t bearing much of His fruit.
But thanks be to God that I grew out of that season! I was tired of worrying and depending on the things of the world so I made a decision to open up my Bible and seek Him for wisdom, guidance, and understanding. Although I am constantly seeking to get closer and closer to my Father, I cannot say that I can understand His Word without His guidance. The seed that fell on good soil represents the one that hears the word, understands it, and produces a plentiful crop (Matthew 13:23) and I recognize that I have the opportunity to produce a plentiful crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown if I acknowledge God in all my ways (Proverbs 3:6).
So what about the other seeds that fell along the path and the rocky places with few soil? Well, the bird that ate up all the seeds represents the evil one that snatches the word that was sown in the heart of the person that heard about the kingdom but does not understand it (Matthew 13:19). The seed that fell on rocky places represents the person who hears the Word and receives it with joy, which only lasts for a short time, and when trouble or persecution finds that person, he quickly falls away because he has no root (Matthew 13:20-21). These seeds lacked foundation and had no healthy source to store up the Word and generate understanding.
So what can we do to be like the seed that fell on good soil?
1.) Recognize that He is an all knowing and an all powerful God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).
2.) Read the Bible, meditate on it, and internalize it. Accept my words and store up my commands within you (Proverbs 2:1).
3.) Pray daily, talk to the Lord about all your troubles, needs, and ask him to help you understand his word. Call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding (Proverbs 2:3).
If you look for understanding as for silver or gold and search for wisdom as for hidden treasure you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:4-5). The act of constantly seeking and searching and yearning for something of the world often leads to unhealthy obsessions but when we apply that same energy towards things from above, the result is fruitful and plentiful!