good-soilBut as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. – Luke 8:15

Cling to the Word with an honest and good heart. This is the first quality of good soil. What does it take to be honest with God’s Word? Good soil people find a scripture that is contrary to their belief system, and allow their belief system to adapt to scripture rather than the other way around. I had to do this a lot. My theological training taught me that God doesn’t do today what he did 2000 years ago. As I read scripture, many things that I had been taught were challenged directly. I made the decision to let scripture say what it says, and allow it to shape me, rather than having my experience or lack thereof shape my belief in scripture.

Bear fruit with steadfast endurance. This is the second quality of good soil. What does it mean to bear fruit? Does it mean producing the kind of fruit that Jesus produced? Is it possible that this is the correct interpretation? Jesus healed the sick, set captives free, and preached the Kingdom of God. If this is not what it means, what kind of fruit are we to bear? Spiritual fruit of transformed lives?

Lord, lead us to cling to your word honestly and with Good hearts. Help us to bear fruit with steadfast endurance.