Evidence of Fertile Ground

Mark 4:14-22 uses a farming principle about the varied conditions of the soil of our hearts to receive the seed of God’s Word. 2 Corinthians 9:6 also uses a farming principle, this time referring to the attitude behind the sowing of seed. It says that when seed is sown generously the harvest received will be bountiful, however when the seed is sown grudgingly, the harvest will be sparse.  Now, when we cross-reference this scripture with Mark 4, concerning the conditions of the soil, from the context of sowing financial seed – we understand sowing our financial seed with the right attitude and into the correct soil will produce a bountiful harvest.  From verse 15-19 of Mark 4, we find 3 types of infertile soil identified and in verses 21-22, the fertile soil is described.  Mark 4:21 says, “Then Jesus asked them, ‘Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.”  Jesus was speaking about revelation knowledge, and in verse 22, He speaks of that revelation knowledge being taught for the benefit of others.  When we sow financial seed into where revelation knowledge is being taught and distributed for people to benefit from – God calls it good, fertile ground that will produce a bountiful harvest into our lives.  In fact, Jesus mentions us being able to expect a 100% increase on our financial offering (v22).  We see this principle confirmed in Galatians 6:6, where Paul instructs us to sow financial seed into those who teach the Word of God.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Lord doesn’t just give us promises without explaining how to access them first.  In order to receive His abundant flow of provision in our lives we are not only instructed to sow financial seed with the right attitude, but we are also told where to sow that seed into, so that we can expect a bountiful harvest in return! We can always trust His Word and rely on His faithfulness to perform it in our lives.