We started a potted garden on our back deck last summer. My daughter, Karis, chose strawberries and I chose rosemary and a thornless blackberry bush.
Karis watered them all religiously and a few weeks after we planted them, she ran into the house. “I ate a strawberry, mom!”
The next week we left for vacation. The plants all died—except for the resilient blackberry bush. It turns out, leaving for vacation weeks on end and not hiring a plant sitter will make them literally die of thirst. Plants need nutritious soil and plenty of sun and water to flourish.
In a similar way, our spiritual lives need nourishment as well in order to produce fruit (Galatians 5:22–26).
But what does it look like to cultivate the soil of our spiritual lives?
In this week’s episode, we listen to the Parable of the Soils where we hear three important steps to cultivate the soil of our hearts from Luke 8:15: