“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 13:33)
My father is an immigrant from Mexico and a farmer. He had no formal education, but he had a green thumb. He didn’t read books for instruction on farming. He just experimented and learned. He was always successful in whatever he decided to grow in the ground. He would often give us seedlings so we could plant at our home. But the seedlings always died no matter how carefully we followed his instructions.
It is not enough to hear and understand the word of God. We all have a responsibility to cultivate a green thumb for the kingdom of God. This is a natural outcome of the word firmly planted in our hearts. We need to produce a crop. As Jesus said, “He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” This is a natural outcome from hearing the word and understanding it.
We have a responsibility to become fruitful unto Him. We need to commit ourselves to making disciples. We have a new obligation once we have heard the word and understood.
This responsibility extends even until old age to continue to produce a crop unto the Lord. We must be good stewards of his gift of salvation. We are all farmers. How green is your thumb?