Mark 4: And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
Matthew 13:But he that received seed into the good ground is he that
What makes Good Ground?
One of my favorite Civil War movies is Gettysburg. This scene, in the video below, shows them talking about 'good ground' for the battle. Please take a moment and view this video from the perspective of The Parable of the Sower and the good ground Christ spoke of.
Good Ground -
"This is good ground, very good ground"
Each one of us is engaged in a battle - a battle against the Adversary and the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work. Sometimes we feel we are loosing and some times we feel pretty good about how things are going on the battle front. Nevertheless, the battle will rage until the Saviors second coming. The seed/word of the Gospel will insure our success.
We are invited to, personally, prepare our soil so that it becomes good ground. In contemplating how I can make sure I have good ground that will receive His seed/word, I was directed to the Savior's Sermon On The Mount, Matthew 5:1-12.
I believe that the Beatitudes teach us how to have good ground. Following are some of the insights I've discovered:
vs 3 - 'poor in spirit' = humble, not prideful, contrite, teachable. (Bible Topical Guide).
vs 5 - 'meek' = gentle, forgiving, benevolent (Greek); those who have suffered (Hebrew).
vs 6 - 'hunger and thirst after righteousness' = perform good works, do the will of God, grace (Bible Topical Guide).
vs 8 - 'pure in heart' = purity, chastity, cleanliness, spiritually reborn, forgiving, repentant, virtue, goodness, modesty (Bible Topical Guide).
vs 9 - 'peacemaker' = contentment, satisfied, sons and daughters of God, Children of Light (Bible Topical Guide).
(SPECIAL NOTE: 3 Nephi 12:3 clarifies vs 3 by adding: Yea, blessed are the apoor in spirit who bcome unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.)
Greek - karpós – properly, fruit; (figuratively) everything done in true partnership with Christ, i.e. a believer (a branch) lives in union with Christ (the Vine). By definition, fruit (2590 /karpós) results from two life-streams – the Lord living His life through ours – to yield what is eternal (cf. 1 Jn 4:17).
View the complete series of 'Parable Of The Sower HERE
Note - This series is ongoing. As I learn more, I will provide updates.
With love and gratitude,
Each of us lead a life filled with miracles, we just need to pause and see them! What's new and good with you?