18 “Listen! Here is the meaning of the story of the farmer. 19 People hear the message about the kingdom but do not understand it. Then the evil one comes. He steals what was planted in their hearts. Those people are like the seed planted on a path. 20 Others received the seed that fell on rocky places. They are those who hear the message and at once receive it with joy. 21 But they have no roots. So they last only a short time. They quickly fall away from the faith when trouble or suffering comes because of the message. 22 Others received the seed that fell among the thorns. They are those who hear the message. But then the worries of this life and the false promises of wealth crowd it out. They keep it from producing fruit. 23 But still others received the seed that fell on good soil. They are those who hear the message and understand it. They produce a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than the farmer planted.”
This parable is a warning to those who hear and preach the word of God.
Are we good at listening – especially for the word of God? God is always ready to speak to us and to give us understanding of his word.
What are the things that can make us ineffective and unresponsive to God’s word? Preoccupation with other things can distract us from what is important and worthwhile. Letting our hearts and minds be consumed with material things can easily weigh us down and draw us away from our eternal treasure. God’s word can only take hold in a receptive heart which is obedient and ready to hear what God has to say.
Some seed will fall by the way, some will fall on shallow ground and never come to maturity, and some be choked by thorns. However a harvest will come. The seed that falls on good soil, on the heart that is receptive, will reap abundant fruit. Being teachable, submitting to God’s word, and eager to learn His truth, will bring peace and joy beyond our wildest imaginations.
Lord, help me to guard the word you have planted in my heart, so that I do not doubt your goodness, and keep me from any temptation that may keep me from believing and obeying you. Help me to be fruitful, and give me the courage to always speak our truth to others, so they would know the good news of the gospel. Amen
Written by Cathy Croft