“But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23 NIV)
Yokes of Heaviness
Yokes of heaviness bind many from reaping such blessings as described in Matthew. A firm believer in reaping what we sow, we must evaluate types of seeds we’ve planted. Next, ponder how seeds planted in us have been received. We can only pour out to others, what is held inward. We can only receive from others, based on condition of our heart.
Prophet Isaiah’s words were fulfilled as Jesus explained his purpose for parables. Jesus said, “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. Prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but not perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.”
Interesting how hearts are localized in our bodies. Physical hearts pump blood to body and lungs. Disturbance to the heart’s flow, affects the hearts ability to pump properly. For our physical bodies, proper pumping means life. Same happens spiritually, hearts need to remain softened to understand creating same flowing pattern. Calloused hearts block seeds.
Seeds fall along paths, easily snatched away. Seeds land on rocky places, last a short time. Seeds fall among thorns, making it unfruitful. Seeds not taking root, the enemy has kept from being understood. If any of these scenarios ring true- your yoke of heaviness can be traded for a garment of praise. Is this really possible? Yes! It’s time to set captives free and open prison doors. This happens by understanding God’s Word. When divine appointments sow seeds, receive. Allow God’s Word to penetrate our hearts. Creating a well spring of life. Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. It’s Forward Friday! Let’s move forward softening calloused hearts. Working towards yields of 100, 60, or 30 times what was sown!