This Word post was inspired by the sermon this Sunday.
We referenced many different scriptures, but our pastor had a quote that stuck with me:
"The farmer doesn't grow the seed, but prepares the soil for growth"
Meaning, God makes the changes in our lives, but we need to prepare our hearts (soil) for Him to do those great works. We prepare by prayer, reading, studying and fellowship.
This also made me think of a parable Jesus taught:
Mark 4: 3-8
"Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;
as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road,
and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil;
and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.
And after the sun had risen, it was scorched;
and because it had no root, it withered away.
Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it,
and it yielded no crop.
Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased,
they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
Blessings and wishes for much rich soil in your lives friends,