This is the only kind of soil that can make the Word to bear fruit in our lives. So all kinds of other heart soils must change into a good heart soil, if the Word want to bear fruit.
“Are sown on good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, and he therefore bear fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty” (Matthew 13:23).
The reason why many Christians have been hearing a lot of the Word, but never become fruit in their lives is because their heart is not a good soil.
What is a good heart soil described? Jesus explains that these are the kind of people who hear the Word and understand them.
The Word turns into conviction and belief systems in their life, so that the Word produces fruit. It is a matter of how to listen. In Luke 8:18, Jesus said:
“Be careful, then, how you listen; because whoever has something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he thinks he has.”
What kind of listening that makes us able to understand and do all the Word that we hear so that it can bear fruit in our lives? In the Amplified Bible, the term ‘listen’ used in Matthew 13:23, is using the word grasp, which in English has many meanings, namely:
1. To seize/snatch, meaning: to take or obtain something by force or much effort.
How to hear that God wants is to hear aggressively, rather than passively. When you hear the word, you should try to take it, obtain it with much effort, not just nodding your head as you sleep.
All this time the congregation trained to listen passively when the Word is conveyed. That’s what causes the Word never take root, grow and produce fruit.
God wants when the Word is conveyed, we try very hard to take and obtain the Word, if necessary by force. We must force ourselves to take the Word, must fight sleepiness, laziness, haziness, etc.
2. To grab, meaning: to capture quickly while running or flying.
When the Word is conveyed, God does not want us to listen passively, but aggressively. We should catch it quickly while running or flying.
So we must listen with an attitude like an eagle that wants to eat its prey. It talks about listening with the heart that hunger and thirst for the Word.
If we have a heart like this, every time Word is conveyed we will be eager to catch it. We will not hear the Word while just staying calm. There is a divine desire to capture the Word.
3. To hold, meaning: to grip, possess, use.
After we capture and seize upon the word, we will hold it firmly and will not let it go until we have the Word completely, so that we can use it as a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path.
Facing difficult circimstances in life will only make us grasp the Word more firmly and not let it go until the Word becomes flesh in our lives, and the Word always wins in facing every problem in our lives.
4. To know, meaning: to receive, digest, aware, know, master.
Once we continue to hold the Word firmly in life, we will increasingly understand and comprehend the Word because we continue to digest the Word and realize what things still need to be adjusted in our lives, so we are getting to know the meaning and power of that Word.
we master the Word and in the end we are ruled by the Word. At this point that the Word will begin to produce fruit in our lives.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown out like a branch and dries up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. My Father’s glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples” (John 15:5-8).
So have the good heart soil so that we can bear much fruit and glorify Father in heaven.
Also read: Thorn-Bushes Heart Soil.