Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
There are 4 types of heart conditions. All of us would want to claim that our heart is on good ground. But, whether or not it is so is not a matter of opinion; it must be based on the word of God. The measuring stick used by the Bible to determine heart conditions is how we choose to respond when we hear the word of God. The first heart condition stated in Mark 4 is the wayside heart. For those of us that fall in this category, the word of God when read or heard is not meditated upon or memorized, so it is quickly forgotten amidst all the other things that capture our attention.
The second heart condition mentioned in the scripture is a stony heart, which symbolizes an unrepentant heart. The modus operandi of those of us who operate this way is that we are aware that our actions are inconsistent with the word of God, but persist in doing things our way.
The third heart condition is referred to as the thorny heart. Thorny heart people allow difficult circumstances or cares of this life to draw them away from adhering to the word of God. The action of the Children of Israel during their time in the wilderness was an example of this. As soon as things were not going the way they wanted, they used their mouth to rebel against God and Moses.
The fourth heart condition is the good ground. What differentiates this heart condition from all the others is that it produces fruit. All the other heart conditions fail to do so. It produces fruit because whenever the word of God is heard it is believed and practiced and then produces real results. To possess a heart that is good ground we must be repentant, hide the word of God in our hearts by memorizing and meditating upon it and consistently practicing what it says. If your heart is not yet good ground, it’s time to change that, why stick with a heart condition that does not enable you to produce fruit.
Life Application: Adapt the heart condition characterized as good ground by consistently reminding yourself of the word of God, meditate upon it and fervently do what it says.
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart like yours. Remove anything from me that is not like you. In Jesus name, amen.