Preparing The Soil For Growth - Part 2
In our last blog we discussed how leaders can prepare for growth in their church and ministry. We said that it is not enough to get members into a church, but we must help members to thrive and grow. In Matthew 13:20-22, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. Seeds were planted into 3 different soil types – stony, thorny, and rocky. As leaders, we must know the types of soil in which we are planting, so that we can reap a harvest. We will encounter individuals whose hearts represent these 3 types of soil. Therefore, we must know how to cultivate the soil before we begin planting seed that their hearts are not ready to receive. In the natural, there are 3 things a gardener must do to ensure a healthy garden.
In this blog, we will discuss what must be used to give the soil the necessary nutrients needed for a harvest. In nature, there are 15 essential elements that plants must have in order to grow properly.It is interesting that out of the 15 essential elements needed for a plant to growth and flourish 12 are generally managed by the growers.In order words, leaders are responsible for preparing the soil so that the seeds that are planted can flourish and produce MUCH fruit.That’s a great responsibility.In nature, the 3 primary nutrients needed are:
Nitrogen - Nitrogen is so vital because it is a major component of chlorophyll, the compound by which plants use sunlight energy to produce sugars from water and carbon dioxide (i.e., photosynthesis). It is also a major component of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Without proteins, plants wither and die.Thus, sunlight is needed to produce photosynthesis which produces the necessary amino acids which are the building blocks for the proteins needed for the plant to not wither and die.
So how does that relate to growing those in the Kingdom of God? We as leaders much provide the nutrient of love which comes from the Son to sow into the hearts of those whom God has entrusted in our care. We must preach and teach Jesus and Him crucified. Love is the vital and necessary foundational ingredient needed for the growth of those in the Kingdom of God. John tells us in John 13:34-35 - “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
The next essential ingredient is:
Phosphorus - The function of phosphorus in plants is very important. It helps a plant convert other nutrients into usable building blocks with which to grow.It is essential for all living organisms. Plants must have phosphorus for normal growth and maturity. The Word of God and prayer is the phosphorus needed for spiritual growth.These are building blocks to help convert others into the kingdom of God. Paul lets us know that Epaphras, servant of Christ, always labored fervently in prayer for the saints at Colossae, so that they may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.We also need to prepare the soil for those whom we lead with prayer and the Word of God.
The last essential ingredient is:
Potassium. Potassium is associated with movement of water, nutrients, and carbohydrates in plant tissue.1) Increased root growth and improves drought resistance; 2) Helps retard crop diseases.Potassium also influences water-use efficiency. Plants deficient in potassium don’t grow as robustly and are less resistant to drought, as well as high and low temperatures. They’re also more vulnerable to pests, and diseases and parasitic worm attacks.
The Holy Spirit is the spiritual potassium for spiritual growth.As spiritual leaders, we must encourage those whom we are leading to allow The Spirit of God to protect their heart and soul from the wiles of the devil.Romans 8:14 tells us that for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
In the Kingdom of God, we also have nutrients that must be implemented or sown into the lives of our followers in order for them to grow.The Kingdom nutrients are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
Leaders, are you preparing the soil before you plant the seeds?