The school bell has rung, class is now in session.
I was reflecting on The Parable of the Sower and wanted to share some highlights from the passages. There was a sower who threw seeds that fell on four types of soil.
Three of the four types of soil were unfruitful, while the fourth was considered good. The three types of soil were labeled wayside, stony, and full of thorns. Some commentaries have stated that this parable is more about the soil than the seeds, because the seed never changes.
The seeds represent the word, and the soil represents our heart.
Observe figure 1 The wayside shows a bird coming down and taking the seeds away, thereby allowing the ground (heart) to remain fruitless, trampled on and ultimately destroyed.
When the word falls by the wayside – Jesus said this was equivalent to a person hearing his word, but before they have a chance to absorb it into their hearts, Satan steals it away.
The disposition of this person’s heart does not allow them to grasp God’s message to them. (Figure 2)
Observe Figure 1 The stony ground represents a heart that receives the word with gladness, but does not contain roots or endurance. Whenever trials arise, they are persecuted for their beliefs; they fumble and cannot be steadfast because there is not anything holding them down. Some believers do not have any root in themselves, their root (trust) is in their pastor, parents, family, friends or organization.
According to Figure 2, the stony, also known as rocky, heart is described as shallow, lacking willpower to strengthen their initial God-given gift.
Observe Figure 1 The thorny ground represents a heart that hears the word, but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of having it all, while giving no thought to the things of God; chokes it leaving it without fruit. This ground is also described by commentators as too fertile because not only is the word growing here; other things are growing in the heart as well.
Eventually the “other things” will crowd and choke it out. It is for this reason, we have to periodically examine our hearts, people around us and organizations we are affiliated with. Is it pushing us towards the things of God, or competing against or turning us away from him?
Figure 2 illustrates that thorny ground is a heart, partially committed and ultimately puts a person in jeopardy of being led astray by the wrong sources.
Observe Figure 1 The good ground encapsulates a heart that hears, accepts and bears fruit.
According to Figure 2, being dedicated to the word will allow it to take root in your heart. Once it takes root, it will bear fruit, some thirty, sixty or a hundred fold. The fruit will begin to manifest through your actions, thoughts and deeds. This is not referring to perfection, but to a heart that is yielded.
Exit Ticket: Reflect and journal about the true disposition of your heart. This is an very important task, because the condition of your heart will determine the outcome of the seeds deposited.
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!
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