What is the Condition of Your Heart (Soil)?
You are responsible for the condition of the "soil" of your heart and attitude. Good seed is wasted on bad soil with weeds. Good seed (the Word) thrives in good soil.
Three bad conditions to avoid:
1. "Wayside" is the walking path around the garden. Nothing is planted and seed is wasted. The devil "takes away" unplanted seed.
2. "Shallow" is a lack of depth. It's like saying "Amen!" to the Word, but doing nothing else. What was sown on Sunday is gone by Tuesday.
3. "Distractions" choke progress that has been made. Like aggressive weeds in a garden that harm the plants. Jesus said that "cares, riches, and pleasures of life" can "crowd out" or choke good things.
One good condition to cultivate:
"Receptivity" to God's Word: Be eager to hear and cling to what God is saying, after saying "Amen!"