Most people know that I'm not good with gardening or taking care of plants. No matter how hard I try, the plant ends up dying. I try to do what's necessary such as watering, putting it near light and talking to it. But to my dismay, they end up dying. What I do know that if you take a seed, put it in soil, water it, and fertilize it, it will grow. I also know if you place a seed on the ground or in any other surface other than dirt, it will not grow.
There was a parable that Jesus gave called the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3 - 9; 11 - 20). In the parable a Sower sows the Word or the seed. The Word fell on different types of grounds. Those grounds represent our hearts. One type of ground is "on the path". This type of ground or heart condition is when a person hears the Word of salvation, then they ignore it. The second type of ground is "stony ground". This type of ground or heart condition, the person hears the Word of salvation and receives it. However, the Word is not deep in their hearts, so when trials come, they fall away and return to their old way of living. The third type of ground is "among thorns". This type of ground or heart condition is when the person hears the Word of salvation, however they let the pleasures and cares of this world overtake the Word they heard and therefore don't follow it. The last type of ground or heart condition is "on good ground". This type of ground or heart condition is when the person hears and receives the Word of salvation and lives by what they have heard.
The question is, where do you stand with the Word of Salvation? Is that seed or Word that you have heard on the path, stony ground, among thorns, or on good ground? Prayerfully, we all will have good ground hearts. A heart that hears, receives, and obey the Word of God. If you're heart is not good ground, then cultivate your heart so that you can receive this Word of salvation. Have a blessed week!