Hear then the parable of the sower.

“Hear then the parable of the sower:
  • When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
  • As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
  • As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
  • As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
I thought that it might be good to frame Jesus explanation of the parable in a bulleted fashion. He explains to us that their are four different types of hearts. Here are my thoughts about each type:
  • The Hard Heart: The seed never penetrates the soil because the path has been walked on and packed down. This speaks to me about how sometimes life experiences can harden a heart towards God.
  • The Shallow Heart: The seed grows and quickly dies before emerging. I know of many that have fallen away when life gets hard. I think that if they would have looked past their pain things might have been different.
  • The Strangled Heart: The seed grows and emerges but bears no fruit. We choke out our spiritual life when our focus is on material things and worldly aspirations. Pride will always strangle our heart.
  • The Persevering Heart: Fruit doesn’t come immediately but with time. This reminds me that Jesus tells us that following him involves denying ourself and picking up our cross. Humility will cause us to persevere and produce fruit.
When I think about a farm I think about the importance of plowing before we sow and weeding and watering after seed is planted. So it is with our hearts.. we must allow God's word to plow us, weed us and water us if we are to see the fruit of the spirit grow in our lives.

1 comment:

  1. we must allow God's word to plow us, weed us and water us

    well said. in our relationships with others, me may not always be called upon to harvest... sometimes it's our job just to sprinkle on a little water.

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