Bear with me and think about this on a higher plane. As I walked to the creek, I prayed for my children. I accidently prayed for “MY” children, as if I was fully responsible for bringing them to life. I prayed for the children that I carried and birthed. I even thanked God for the body that was able to bring them to life all those years ago. My thinking quickly changed: I knew even as important as the female body is to the development of new life, that without the counterpart of the seed, there would be no life. I then offered thanksgiving to the Lord for the seed that found the right soil to bring forth new life. I had a light bulb moment: The seed is necessary, but without the soil of the mother, there would be no life. This may seem elemental, but . . .
My thinking changed to the seed of the Word. I began thinking about the soil. We often take the importance of the soil for granted. Without the soil nothing grows, no matter how many seeds one has. I realized that Jesus is the seed; the Word is the seed. Jesus is the Word. He carries the capacity for new life in the seed, but without the soil there is no life, no growth, and no multiplication. Every person has the capacity to be the soil. Every believer is the soil. Every believer is the bride, the female counterpart to Jesus, the bridegroom. Every believer is the place where the seed, once deposited, can grow and produce. Without the soil there is no fruit. Jesus needs the soil so that the seed of the Word will grow and produce new life. “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground (soil) and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).
I never thought about the importance of the soil to the kingdom plan. The soil is indispensable to the plan of God. Without the soil (believers/bride) there is no life and no multiplication of fruit. God has willed in his plan that without the bride, the soil, the receptacle of the seed nothing happens in his kingdom.
As a child I remember going to my Uncle Sam Miller’s Hardware Store in Jamestown, Kentucky and sitting by the potbellied stove in the winter. The seed ben was very close to the stove. I loved to run my hands in the loose seeds – corn, beans, and peas. Not a single one of those seeds sprouted in that bin.
Be the soil! Receive the seed and produce!