DISPOSITIONS FOR THE INTERIOR LIFE
IN THE Parable of the Sower Jesus tells us that the seed of God's word yields a return proportionate to the quality of the soil, some a hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, and some only thirty-fold. As the quality of the soil is determined by man's dispositions in the service of God, it rests with him whether his heart will be soil by the wayside, stony soil, soil overgrown with thorns, or good soil of an inferior, of a medium, or of a superior grade. There are especially four qualities that dispose us to bring forth fruit a hundred-fold. They are: Diffidence in Ourselves, Confidence in God, Submission to God's Representatives, and Determination to attain Perfection.