Soil Testing


By Dean Fulks, May 29, 2022

The Gospel calls us to a life above labels

Hearing God’s voice is more of a condition than a conclusion

Luke 8:4-5a – And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed…”

The condition of your soul determines the impact of your life

The four soils describe four kinds of souls:

Luke 8:5b – …and as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 

1. Path

Luke 8:6 – And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 

2. Rocks

Luke 8:7 – And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 

3. Thorns

“Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil…Jesus was often busy but he was never hurried. Being busy is an outer condition; being hurried is a sickness of the soul. He observed a regular rhythm of withdrawal from activity, for solitude and prayer. He ruthlessly eliminated hurry from his life.”

Luke 8:8 – And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold. 

4. Good

Luke 8:11 – Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God…

Three applications of this parable:

1. Daily

2. Prayerfully

3. Repeatedly

Luke 10:2 – And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”