I believe the good soil Jesus refers to in this parable is similar to how we nurture our faith. Certainly fertile soil is better than rocks or thorns, but the crop must also be cared for. Jesus compares it later in verse 23 to someone listening and understanding the Word. Both of these actions are choices. If we CHOOSE to listen and understand we are nurturing the seed, and Jesus explains, our crop will produce a hundred times over.
Nurturing faith takes time and effort and I find it to be extremely rewarding when I am able to focus intently on scripture.
The Truth Project bible study is something I've participated in with several families from my church. I found it to be very challenging, both academically and spiritually.
I found attending the Faith Development evening sessions to be good starting points for self-reflection and provided good resources for further study.
I was moved by Ken Yasinski's challenging sessions particularly about living with an eternal perspective at the division-wide Spiritual Development day on March 9th of this year.
|Taking a comfort/photo op break at the Holy Spirit division-wide Spiritual Development Day|