We all want our lives to be good ground, to be soil of the Supernatural; where miracles grow; where fruits of the Spirit abound. We desire to be weed-free Christians only given to the good works of our calling and position in the Kingdom. Yet, wayside moments come. Thorny situations arise. Shallow ideas challenge deep commitments. Surface attractions threaten roots of truth. And, in many cases, weeds of distraction pop up almost overnight, overwhelming our good intentions.
One of the Greek definitions for the word “good” (vs. 8) is being distinctively virtuous or valuable. What a thought! We can influence the soil with our virtues and values. Notice, that the word good precedes (at least in our English version) the word ground. I believe that no matter how difficult the ground is our values of truth and virtues of Christ’s character can transform the soil. Bad ground can become good ground. Sin sick soil can become spiritually pure soil. Listen now.