Easter is almost here. Spring and pollen is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom, the grass is greening, birds are singing, and it is getting about time to plant my little garden out back.
I have been planting a small garden every year that I could since I was 12 years old. When I was a little boy I would follow my Paw Paw around his garden, watch and listen to him as he would prepare the soil for planting. He spent a lot of time making sure that the soil was right before he would begin planting. He would spent many hours going up and down the rows with the tiller to break up the dirt until it was just right. My main job was to make sure that there were no rocks in the dirt. He also would have a truck load or two of cow manure brought in to mix with the dirt. Once the dirt was ready, then we would have to wait for the right time to plant everything. We could not plant too early or a good frost could kill our plants. At the time I did not understand why we spent so much time preparing the dirt, but I could tell that it was important. Heck, I just wanted to stick the vegetables in the dirt water them and anxiously wait on them to grow. I didn’t think it would make a difference. Back at my house I did just that. I stuck some vegetables in the hard dirt, watered them every once in a while and watched them grow. As time went on my vegetables did not produce much, but my Paw Paw’s garden would always produce more than we all could eat. He would have to give vegetables away to neighbors. I remember him telling me that the secret is in the preparation, it’s the soil!
This principle does not change when it comes to having a fruitful life full of Christ.
Read Mark 4:14-20.
Mark 4: 14-15 “The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.
16-17 “And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
18-19 “The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.
20 “But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.”
Many people will be attending the Easter service on Sunday to celebrate a risen Savior! Most will have their bright Easter attire on and will be ready to hear a great sermon preached about how Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day. Most will feel the Holy Spirit tug in them to accept Christ and many will. This is a great thing!
Unfortunately, after the service, many will get in their cars and go about their day and weeks and until next Easter comes without opening their Bibles, praying, or trying to truly understand what God’s purpose for their lives are. For many this has been going on their whole lives and wonder why they are not growing in the Lord.
Maybe they have thoughts like this; Why isn’t the Lord blessing me, does he even love me? Why is my life so hard? Why don’t I feel so unfulfilled? Why do I feel like something is missing? Why doesn’t the Lord give me a purpose? Why can’t I beat this addiction? Why is my marriage a mess? Why am I so worried all the time? ETC….. ETC……
I am not here to condemn anyone because I myself am guilty of not seeking the Lord as much as I need, but I do want to encourage you to begin to take time in the Word of God every single day, pray ever single day and take steps of faith every single day as the Lord leads. This is called preparing the soil or making the soil ready. God wants more for you in this life that you can possibly dream. We just need to make sure that we are rooted in Christ daily if we want God to do more in our lives.
When we spend time with God, then He will produce through us much fruit!
Now, let’s commit to making this the year that you and I spend time with the Lord everyday, reading the Word, praying and seeking His will for our lives. I know that if we do this, then He will pour out His blessing on each of our lives. We will be filled with His spirit and we will share with everyone what God has done in our lives, He can also do in theirs.
Remember, the secret is in the soil.