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Good Soil:
a family devotional

Devotional#13: 18 March 2017
"God gets the credit for prepared soil."

Good Soil: a family devotional
As mentioned in our last devotional, one of the aims here at The Humble Ant is to develop and share kid-friendly Biblical content that helps families to develop a habit of regular Bible study together.

We also mentioned Christ's use of Parables to share God's truth with a wide audience. Thanks to Amanda for sharing this painting.

It makes us think of the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13 :

“And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear."”

-Matthew 13:3-9

Jesus goes on to describe the meaning of his word picture:

"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.”

-Matthew 13:23

God Gives the Growth

It is evident from Jesus' description that only when the Good News of the Gospel falls onto "Soil" prepared to Hear the message will there be effective salvation, growth, and fruit bearing.

Lest we take credit for the degree of preparedness in our own hearts when we heard the saving words of the Gospel or for the Joyous Salvation of another on the basis of "wise" words shared by us, Paul explains tells us where the true credit is due:

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

- 1 Corintians 3:6

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit ( 2 Tim 3:16 ) gives God the credit for the good growth of the Gospel in the hearts of those who Believe in Him.
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Consider With Thanksgiving

This Spring, as you see the vernal viality of the season's warmth-inspired growth, consider with Thanksgiving the undeserved fertility of your own heart upon hearing the Good News of Christ's Gracious sacrifice.

Just like the tiny new plant, He died and was buried that believers might be restored and grow with Him as heirs.

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