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 The fourth soil Jesus describes as a measurement of man’s receptivity to the message of the Good News is the GOOD SOIL. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

Finally, we get to the soil that readily receives the seed that is planted. This person is said to be the good soil. Although there are other descriptors of the good soil in Mark and Luke, here in Matthew the word for good is “kalos” rather than “agathos”. Both have the ideas of being honest, whole, good in character and moral, “kalos” is the term that is more attractive and seen by God. The term “agathos” has more of a social dimension to it-good to others.

As with all of the other soils, each one heard the word, yet this is the only one who hears and understands it. They are the only ones who hear the word and put it together. It makes total sense to them. They get it!

Jesus speaks of the good soil-the person who is completely receptive to the seed and prepared for growth. This is truly the person Jesus is always looking for-those with ears to hear and eyes to see. This is the only soil where the seed takes root, produces a shoot, and becomes fruitful. And the fruitfulness is amazing! Some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty-that’s 100 times, 60 times, and 30 times the seed that was sown!

In a very real sense, the make-up of the “good soil” consists of three progressive levels of people. First-the interested. All God requires is that a person be interested. God will do the rest! So, when we’re searching for good soil, we’relooking for the interested. Being interested is not enough.

Second-the believers. The progression is for the interested to be interested enough to believe. I used to think this was enough, until Jesus apprehended my heart a few years ago. Being a believer is not enough. False teachers are believers and even demons are believers. Being a believer is not enough.

Third-the followers. Jesus is looking for the interested and wants them to be interested enough to believe. However, Jesus mostly invites people to believe-tobelieve enough to follow in his footsteps. This is the ultimate for the good soil-to be followers-to be disciples of Jesus. This is why Jesus’ mandate to all followers is to make disciples (followers) of all nations.

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