This is the fourth and final part of the series called "The soils of the heart". The fourth seed is the seed that fell upon the good soil in Luke 8:8 that says, "Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown…” This last soil is the condition of a Christian who is fully in love with Jesus and who is in discipleship. I want to talk about each side of the picture above. These are fields here in Peru that are in a town called Coporaque that is about 10 minutes from the town that I live in called Chivay. Right now we are in summer so it's planting and harvest season. The side on the right is the beginning of discipleship, your heart is being plowed and the discipleship process is preparing your heart for a fruitful harvest. Now preparing your field to plant and to produce a harvest is not easy work. It takes a lot of time to get the right soil and to prepare the field for the seed that needs to be planted. That is the discipleship process, it takes time and it takes hard work and willingness. Now the left side is the harvest or the fruit that you can see after all the hard work, correction, rebuking, painful times, and the guidance of your pastors. That harvest doesn't grow overnight and with time and patience, you can slowly see the good fruit coming. Luke 8:15 says this perfectly, "But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." Those who hear the Word, retain it, and persevere produce a good crop. Someone can be on fire for Jesus and be going through the discipleship process but they hear the Word, they don’t retain it, and soon as something gets hard they don’t persevere. When they are pushed and they are out of their comfort zone or things aren't being done their way they stop. I don’t want that for anyone. I want you all to hear the Word, retain it, and persevere through the difficult times. You can look at the apostle Paul's life. He heard the Word, he retained it, and he persevered through the most difficult of things that any human being could go through. I want to be like Paul. You can read in 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 it's about Paul's hardship and his point of view on how he dealt with those hardships. He gives glory to God for those times. He is speaking to the Corinthians encouraging them that no matter what happens they are victorious through the power of Jesus. That is an encouragement for all disciples that no matter what comes at you have to hear the Word, retain it, and persevere knowing that there is a harvest that will come from this situation. I encourage you to let the seed fall onto good soil and let it be watered by discipleship and perseverance. Become a Paul in your walk with Christ and take everything hard in your life as oil upon your head (Psalm 141:5) and to take it with joy.
Yours truly, Jewels