January 18, Reading 3 – Matthew 13:1-23

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SAA Notes

Look at the types of ground. It is always salutary to consider the type of soil that our own heart is. The way forward is to hear, understand and practice. Think through one area of your life, which needs weeding.

SJA Notes

* Dear God, thank You for this Your word. Please open our hearts to hear and obey.

“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Jesus spends time throughout the gospels talking about the _fruit_ we bear.

In this passage we see that unless we are “good soil” then we produce absolutely nothing of value for the kingdom of God.

None of the other soils: path, rocky ground, thorns; none of these produce true and lasting fruit. They are, in the end, one and the same.

Are we yielding fruit?

Are we good soil?

Are we hearing the word of God in our lives, wrestling with it, seeking to grow in our understanding and put that into practice?

* Father God,

Please help our hearts be good soil, please help us bear much fruit.

Please continue to open our hearts and minds as we come before You and Your word.

Please grow our understanding each day, toward Jesus.

Amen.

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