“It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.”
The verse above is part of a parable God used to express a truth to Israel. He talked about two eagle and two vines. The one vine he said was “planted in good soil by great waters.” In other words, God didn’t just put Israel in any soil, but He placed them in good soil so that they could be a vine that could bear fruit. God’s purpose in putting them in good soil was so that they could become a goodly vine. Sadly, though Israel was planted in good soil, and though Israel had every opportunity to be a nation that could bear fruit and become a goodly vine, they rebelled against God which was their eventual doom.
Sadly, many have grown up in the good soil of an independent Baptist home and church who don’t like the soil in which they were planted. We live in times when many are critical of the soil where they were planted, who try to correct the problems of the soil and even attack those who praise the good soil. Several thoughts come to mind about the blessings of being planted in the good soil of an independent Baptist home and church.
First, there is nothing wrong with where we have been planted. Let me emphatically say that there is nothing wrong with the good soil of the independent Baptist home and church. There is nothing wrong with the soil that tries to motivate people to keep others out of Hell. There is nothing wrong with the soil that establishes scriptural and holy standards that keep you from destroying your life in sin. The good soil of the independent baptist home and church has led to thousands getting saved and has kept scores of lives from the heartache of worldly living.
Second, there is nothing wrong with those who raised you in the good soil of an independent Baptist home and church. Your parents are not bad people because they raised you in good soil. Your pastor is not an evil man because he unapologetically preached the truths of God’s Word. There is nothing wrong with the past generation of preachers who kept the soil good so that you could have a good home and church after they passed to Heaven.
Third, good soil doesn’t mean it will be easy. Some are critical about the hardness of the good soil, but it is never easy for roots to dig deep to keep you from being destroyed by the heat of sin and the winds of liberalism. Roots grow by digging deep, and it is never easy to dig deep. Yes, the soil in which we are planted may be hard at times, but it is hard because of the toil it takes to dig deep roots to protect you from sin and worldliness.
Fourth, don’t blame where you were planted on your rebellious heart. To criticize the good soil where you were planted shows the stupidity of the critic. It was the soil where you were planted that has given you everything you have. The good soil of an independent Baptist home and church where you were planted is not the problem; your problem is your rebellious heart. It will be much harder in untested and bad soil than it ever was in the good soil. Go ahead and try to replant yourself in the untested soil, but you will find that any other soil leads to eventual heartache. It is best to stay planted in the goodly soil because it has been tested and proven to be a soil that bears fruit and builds solid lives.