In Mark 4, Jesus says a good heart is like good soil.
- You can turn it over. It’s not so rough or have stumps left over from clearing that prevent its use. You can get into it and break it up. It’s not been packed down or so hardened that you can’t get anything good into it.
- You can sow good seed into it. A good heart is a heart that will receive the word of God. David was a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13: 14, Acts 13: 22) because when he heard the word he could be both corrected and directed. His heart could be turned over and receive good seed.
- You can root out the thorns. The distractions of life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things can all be confronted.
- You can expect it to be fruitful and you can expect that fruit to be expressed in multiplied ways.
- You can add the organic matter of life: all the disappointments, the dreams that have died, the hurts and pain, the joys and the blessings, and when they are mixed together will enrich the soil rather than weaken it. This good soil will be able to absorb more of that organic matter as it goes.
- Finally, you can renew this good soil season after season and the One who farms it will find great pleasure in working this soil.