Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” II Peter 3:18. The Lord Jesus used an illustration in which He compared different types of ground to a person’s response to God’s Word (Matt.13) Some seeds were eaten by the birds, others started to grow but were choked by the weeds, and some grew up instantly but had no soil to further their growth. But the seeds that fell on the good soil “yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (v.8). Each of us needs to ask, “What kind of soil am I?” The Lord wants to plant His Word in our hearts so we can grow in our knowledge of Him, but the fruit of the spirit only grows in the soil of obedience.