It's funny, I always refer to the Parable of the Sower as the Parable of the Soils lol (see Luke 8). I live in an area of the United States that is 98% farmland--loads of black dirt! I don't go out and farm any physical fields myself, but I am directly impacted by the activity of it around me. Right now it is May, and the farmers have been working the last several weeks on their fields, prepping them for their planting. They've turned over the hard soil after the winter thaw. They've also burnt off fields, getting the weeds off by setting them on fire. Recently, they've been running great sprayers to prep the fields with chemicals as a pre-planting action. And lately, I have seen huge plastic crates full of seed or sacks of seed laid out on beds of trucks, parked alongside the fields. The farmers roaming about in their great tractors hauling the planter apparatus behind them. It's amazing, they're already planting their corn and soybeans! There is so much activity everywhere!
And just think about what is going on in the Spirit right now? You know, we are like that field and we have to take responsibility for it if we expect to bear a healthy crop. Over the years I have witnessed terrible fields of crops, not because of poor weather or an unhealthy lack of rain. No, poor because the one who managed the field did not tend to their crop. Mixture. Tares mixed in with the crop. Failure to prep the soil in the beginning, failure to purchase the healthy seeds, failure to manage their planting apparatus so the result is a mixed crop because of old seeds stuck in the machinery. Failure to manage the weeds or pests. Mismanagement. It all ends up with the ugliest final crop you have ever seen, if you could even call it a crop! I've seen more weeds than soybeans sometimes in a bean field! And having seen these, I've always wondered how their end harvest looked in regards to profitability. Per my own investigation with some of my friends who are farmers, these mismanaged crop harvests would get rejected at the grain elevator when a farmer would try to turn them in for sale. Rejected by the elevator storage, lest they ruin the greater harvest. I have seen the inside of a grain elevator operations office. Before they'll ever take the seed into that greater elevator storage, they will sample it. They will send an arm down into the semi or wagon where the harvest has been placed, and draw out a sample. If its unsatisfactory, they will refuse it. If its so so, they will lower their buying price. Why do we think God is any less about His harvest? He wants us to bear fruit in keeping with His Ways. He has addressed in scripture how He feels about trees that don't bear fruit, both with Christ's cursing of the fig tree in Matthew 21, Luke 3 when a threat of taking an axe to a fruitless tree is given, Luke 6 when a tree laden with thorns or briars is rejecting the harvesters ability to gather its fruit, and Luke 13 when a landowner comes to inspect his vineyard and the tree that has failed to produce fruit.
We must be tender toward the Lord. We must let Him prune us so that we can bear much fruit. He corrects those whom He calls His children, so if we want to walk with Him, we have to be open to His Word, and let it instruct us with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Only then can we really experience a fruitfulness that will bless the Lord and allow Him to minister through us to help bring His healing to those hurting around us. God bless!!