While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:4-8
Jesus was becoming very popular in the towns that He went to, and He loved telling parables to the people. When Jesus would get to a town, all the people gathered around Him. The news was being passed from one town to the next about all that was happening when Jesus came to visit.
People were being healed and lives were being transformed. The people would listen to Jesus for hours, as He was a very anointed Teacher. How much time do you spend listening to the Lord each day? Are you reading His Word and talking (praying) to Him?
The farmer who was sowing his seeds was expecting a harvest. Before the farmer sowed his seeds, he had to prepare the soil. Have you started preparing your soil for the Lord to plant His seed, God’s Word, into your heart? After your seeds grow in the good soil, you will reap a harvest.
How are your seeds being planted into your heart? Where are the seeds landing as you read God’s Word? Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart right now, to open your spiritual eyes and ears to receive a new word for you, your spouse and family today.
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:11-15
(Also read Mark 4:1-20)
I believe Luke 8 explains why some standers quit standing for their spouse. The soil represents the hearts or the minds of men. Let me explain:
- The soil on the pathway is hardened and uncultivated. God’s Word cannot penetrate it. A person can hear the Word of God, but they never store it in their heart.
- The rocky soil has a thin layer of dirt over the hard rock. People will hear and receive their salvation, with happiness, but they have no roots. These people accepted Jesus as Savior, but never surrendered their life to Jesus. They did not grow spiritually and then were led astray as they had no deep roots to be able to withstand the storms of life the Lord’s way. Every seed must grow and take root. Are you taking root in God’s Word?
- The seed that fell among thorns is a double-minded man. They heard God’s Word and became a believer, but did not learn to resist temptations of the world. They did not grow and mature in the Lord. This person did not develop a daily personal relationship with the Lord. Are you growing in the Lord or are you being swayed by your worries or your circumstances? Keep your eyes on the Lord, do not listen to others.
- The seed that lands on the good soil will believe and receive their salvation. They will develop and deepen their relationship with the Lord. They will grow in the Word, memorizing scriptures, applying God’s truths daily to their life, growing in faith, persevering and bearing much fruit. They are producing a crop for the Lord.
What is your soil like today? You have a choice. You can start right now tilling, plowing or harrowing the soil and make sure that there are no rocks or thorny weeds in the ground. You may need to get some big, deep roots of wrongs out of your life such as anger, unforgiveness or jealousy. Do it right now! Are you sure your soil, your heart, is ready to receive your seeds, the Word of God, which will produce a good harvest?
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop — thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20
Go start working on your soil right now! Become the farmer and be diligent in preparing your soil so that you can have a mighty harvest!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9