Am I good soil?
One of the most challenging parables Jesus ever told, was perhaps his simplest one. A seed that falls on good soil eventually bears a crop far greater than the size of the seed sown. That's it. The DNA of the kingdom of God is bound up in the word of God. When it's spoken, it falls on good soil....or not so good soil. The ironic thing in Jesus' parable is that here we have a crazy farmer who indiscriminately slings seeds everywhere including unlikely places to sprout. "What a waste" the farmers in Jesus' audience would have thought. Everyone knows you don't plant seeds in a patch of weeds, or in crummy, shallow dirt, or on a path.
But the hook in the story is this, reader, you are soil if you're reading this. Like it or not. You are good soil. Or bad soil. Jesus tells you what good soil does - good soil listens, good soil grows voraciously, good soil produces a crop. But how to become good soil if you're not? Jesus doesn't say much about that. And that should unsettle us more than a little!
Path, rocks and weeds have already quit reading this post. If you've made it to this sentence, maybe, just maybe you get what Jesus is talking about. And if you're curious, but still not sure you know what the parable of the soils is about, come on out to Christianity Explored. And keep listening.
Christianity Explored meets at 9:00 and 10:45 in room D-126 at Christ Community on Sunday mornings.