A baker knows the power of good yeast. Any well-saturated dough can rise properly if the correct amount of leavening is used in the mixture. To make it all happen of course the leaven must be placed into the dough first!
One seed may become a huge tree, but it must first be planted within a good soil. First, it dies, then it returns to the surface of the earth to become once again alive.
The words of Jesus Christ can and will change many lives. Some are ready to hear and obey. Others are not willing to listen to the message and become offended by the demands. Some receive the good news joyfully while other seeds do not grow. "But he that receiveth seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, that understandeth, which also beareth fruit and bringeth forth . . ." (Matthew 13:23).
Excuses are given for not being receptive to the truth of the Bible. Some are pressed for time, others seem unable to absorb the knowledge, still others feel little need for God in their lives. Excuses will be totally useless when the Judgment Day arrives! Truth!
Peter, talking with Cornelius and many others gathered together in the Gentile city of Caesarea, said this, "Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). Peter was told the reason he had been invited to Caesarea was that these Gentiles were very anxious to hear the Word of God! "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons" and "he commanded us to preach unto people and to testify that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sin"(Acts 10:34, 42-43). In plain language, all people are welcome and are invited to hear the Word and obey the commandments with no exceptions made but one: "So we see that they could not enter in because of their unbelief"(Hebrews 3:19). No other reason is given in the Bible. To begin with, one must believe there is a God!
God wishes every soul to be good ground, but nothing grows in unbelief! It withers and dies for lack of knowledge, never to bear fruit. If one does not believe there is a God to worship, how can one do his bidding? Yet, this does not prove that God is not in existence; it only proves one individual's disbelief in God.
Jesus taught all that would listen, wanting only to plant the seed in the ground so it could grow. He heals those that come for healing.
"They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick" (Luke 5:31). When there is disbelief, the soul is not healthy. It is ill for the lack of knowledge. It takes faith to heal any disease. Poor soil can be made into good ground, needing only the touch of the Master Gardener to do his work!
A baker discards lifeless yeast. It is no longer good for anything. A seed too old to sprout is never planted, but thrown away. Poor soil (an unresponsive soul), may be supplied with positive attitudes to restore the receptiveness of a mind struggling with disbelief and doubt. Jesus did say, "come unto me." He has power to heal. Have faith! He said, "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:23). A seed planted in love, bursting forth in full bloom is a seed that has fallen onto good ground.