Lesson: How’s your soil? (Roots Series – Part 2)
Proverbs 13:20 The Message (MSG)
20 Become wise by walking with the wise;
hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
Jeremiah 29:11 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
11 I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.
Soil sustains life by helping plants to grow. In order for soil to be considered healthy it has to have the right amount of nutrients and minerals. A tree that does not have its roots in healthy soil, will soon suffer. Signs of unhealthy soil is a plant that does not grow or bear fruit. A tree planted in unhealthy soil will also be withered and vulnerable to disease.
The same principles hold true for a person. Who and what you surround yourself with will determine the ‘soil’ quality of your life.
If you’ve built your life on things that are not of value than your character is going to suffer. If you’re surrounding yourself with people who are not interested in your personal growth and development, then you may want to reconsider who you’ve ‘planted’ in.
Excellence begets excellence and a fool begets a fool. I’ve seen time and again, people who go through life with no drive, no passion and no sense of direction; and to make matters worse, their social circle is comprised almost entirely of the same lack luster people. It is essence of ‘the blind leading the blind’.
If you’re not driving intentionally toward some sort of life enhancing goal than you need to seriously re-evaluate your priorities.
The fact is that life is meant to be lived with purpose. God’s will is that we are intentional in both our relationship with Him and in our engagement in the most valuable asset He’s given every human being…LIFE.
In addition to you having a relationship with Him, God designed relationships between people to be one of the key factors in your growth.
In order for your life to soar to new heights you’ve got to get planted into healthy relationships and surround yourself with healthy people.
Those no-goal clowns you call ‘friends’, who aren’t challenging you to be a better person, are actually taking your valuable time and energy. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to be rude. But showing the love of Jesus does not mean you allow yourself to be sucked into a situation where you’re not growing and suffering.
So look at what you’re planted in and ask a couple of real questions:
“Am I growing?”
“Am I bearing fruit?”
– Yes or no –
Let’s be honest:
- Are your better or worse off now than when you were a year ago?
- Are you still going to the same no-where places with your same no-goal ‘friends’?
- Have you turned into a dull and uninspiring person who has no dreams or goals?
- Are you constantly making excuses for why your life is mediocre at best and instead chose to stay in your rut because it’s more comfortable?
- Do you look at the success of others and secretly feel jealous but don’t want to do any of the work it takes to achieve the same level of success in your life?
- Have you been told in the past that you’re capable of more, but chose rather to continue the status quo?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then it is an obvious sign that you require an IMMEDIATE transplant from the dead situations and relationships you’re in; you need to be moved into life…like RIGHT NOW! Transplanting is not only ok, it is crucial to growth. A plant will dry up and die if it is not surrounded with a consistent supply of food and nutrients.
Oh by the way, if you’re the type of person that gets all defensive whenever someone challenges your unhealthy behavior, your totally planted in dead end, no life soil. Same rule applies if you act all immature and silly whenever confronted about your dead end thumb sucking behavior.
Sorry, but those are the facts.
There are three kinds of people in this world:
- Those who sit back and just watch things happen in their life.
- Those who don’t pay attention and ask “What just happened?”
- Those who make things happen in their life.
Which one are you?
The soil of your life will determine the quality of your life.
God has a purpose for your life; He desires to see you enhanced and vibrant. Mediocrity was not meant to be your destiny and good enough to barely get by is not a Kingdom principle. All throughout the scriptures we read that when the Lord blesses His people, He overflows and provides more than enough.
What and awesome God; He wants you to have overflow! But there is one catch…He wants us planted in Him and in the healthy ‘soil’ of life.
So get out there; live boldly and live healthy. Let your roots go deep into the rich soil of God’s Word and in the best He has to offer.