By Greg Laurie
"Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns."
If you want to plant a garden, then you need to first clear the soil. You need to dig up the rocks, pull out the weeds, and prepare it for planting.
We need to do the same
with our hearts. For the seed of the Word of God to properly take root, we have to first clear the ground of things that would hinder its growth. Weeds of wickedness and roots of bitterness must come out.
James tells us, “So
get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls” (1:21 NLT).
And Jeremiah 4:3 says, “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts!
Do not waste your good seed among thorns” (NLT).
Once that soil is broken up and cleared, then we are to receive God’s Word with humility. This means coming humbly and with an open heart to hear and apply God’s
precious Word. Instead of a hypercritical, already-heard-that attitude, we should approach with openness to what the Lord would say to us. If we do this, it will have a great effect in our lives.
It’s also important
to understand that in this context, James isn’t speaking of the salvation of our souls from eternal damnation. Rather, the phrase “save your souls” also could be translated “preserve and heal your soul” or “restore your
In other words, if you allow the pollutants of evil into your life, then you will have a sick soul. Your refusal to obey the Word of God may not disqualify you as a Christian, but it certainly will disqualify
you for spiritual rewards.
God’s Word received is able to save our souls not only from damnation but also from damage. Don’t live your life with a damaged soul. Approach God’s Word with meekness, openness,
and the recognition there is so much more to learn.