The Good Ground Hearer
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
“If we walk in the light”. We know that “light” means knowledge and understanding from the Holy Spirit, by the Word of God.
We are to walk in that light, that the Holy Spirit gives us; to be obedient to the light we have received.
Does that mean sinless perfection? No, it does not!
What it does mean, is: that you get honest with God, in all your dealings with Him.
Prayer, Bible Study, witness, and worship. You get honest with Him.
You, in fact, become a “good ground hearer”.
Matthew 13:23 “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
All that have the seed sown unto them, “hear” it. It is what we do when we hear, that separates us in Christ’s sight.
“And understandeth it”. The good ground hearer, understands the right of those claims made on his life by Christ; and answers them with a life that is open to and receptive to Christ.
(If you think Christ has not made any claims to your life, then you have not heard aright. And you have not understood His claim as Lord and Savior.)
Mark 4:20 “And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
The good ground hearers are those individuals which: when they hear the Word given to them, they receive the Word.
They do not reject it, or say, “that is for someone else”.
To receive is to do what that Word requires of them.
Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
Here we see the reason behind the good ground: honesty.
Our hearts are never good, in themselves:
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
(In other words, our hearts [feelings and thoughts] lie to us. They tell us that we are alright. When the Bible and our conscience tell us something else.)
But in Luke it says: “honest and good heart”. That is the only way it is good. We get honest with God and allow Him to search us and show us if there is anything we need to get straight with Him.
Then we can bring forth the fruit of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Christian; which is another Christian. (We are all called as witnesses of Christ’s life in our life)
This honest heart, “keeps” the word.
It obeys, and perseveres in that obedience.
And in keeping it, we are changed into His character: His lovingkindness we can show.
His truth we can share.
His prayer for all, we can follow.
When we keep the Word,…..we show that God is true,…..and we stay with Him in all the trials that come up.
To understand the Word is to see Who speaks to me. It is to know the reality of the creature before the Creator. We understand that God is God, and does command me to follow Him, wherever He leads.
This is the first agreement in walking together in the light with Him.
Then we receive the Word, that we might be changed into “a vessel unto honor, sanctified, meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21). In other words, bringing forth fruit…some thirtyfold, some sixty, some a hundred.
(and in the Christian life, there is always a “then”. We are never to be stagnant; but always going on to more mature things.).
Then, we “keep” the word. As creature before the Creator, because we have learned that He does all things well…..
….so I’ll keep His Word, and with patience, waiting on Him to bring things to pass; I’ll stand.
Doing what He says, bringing forth fruit….maybe not a hundredfold, but I will bring forth fruit to His glory.
Thank you Heavenly Sower, the Lord Jesus Christ, for allowing Your Word to come to me.
May it bring forth fruit, abundantly to You….in me.