Have you ever wonder why some people who hear the Word of God fall by the wayside and stunt their growth?
Jesus tells the parable of the four soils
5 A sower went our to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell, by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground and sprang up and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when He had said these things, He cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Why would a farmer allow precious seed to land “by the way side,” upon rocks, or thorns? This is not an irresponsible farmer scattering seeds at random. He is using the acceptable method of hand-seeding a large field-casting it by handfuls as he walks through the field. His goal is to get as much seed as possible to take root in good soil, but there is an inevitable waste as some falls or is blown into less productive places. That some of the seed produced no crop was not the fault of the faithful farmer or the seed. The yield depended on the condition of the soil where the seed fell. It is our responsibility to spread the seed (God’s message), but we should not give up when some of our efforts fail. Remember not every seed falls on good soil.
Jesus explained the parable of the four soils as follows:
Wayside people, like many of the religious leaders, refused to believe God’s message. Hard-rock people, like many in the crowds who followed Jesus, believed His message but never got around to doing anything about it. Thorn-patch people, over come by materialism, left no room in their lives for God. Good-soil People, in contrast to all the other groups, followed no matter what the cost. Which type of soil are you?
FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: God’s Word is the seed in which we, as Christians should be spreading to others. Not only by our word of mouth but our actions.
Let’s put forth GREAT EFFORT IN PREPARING OUR SOIL to receive God’s WORD today and every day!