The parable of the sower is found in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8. The seed in this parable represents the Word of God, and the spreading of the seed portrays His calling. The four different types of soil represent four different ways people respond to God’s calling.
In Jesus’ parable of the sower, recorded in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8, “the seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). The story describes three reasons why some who hear God’s truth fail to bear spiritual fruit. It also reveals the state of mind of those who produce abundant fruit. Following is a paraphrased summary of the four examples given.
The seed that fell by the wayside and was eaten by birds illustrates how many people may hear some truth, but Satan the devil is responsible for their losing interest before they really study it, believe it and act on it.
The seed that fell on rocky soil illustrates how some people are initially enthusiastic about God’s truth, but they don’t put down deep spiritual roots. When they begin to suffer trials or persecutions because of their beliefs, they lack the faith and courage to continue, and so they wither like a thirsty plant in the sun.
The seed that fell among weeds and thorns illustrates how our lives can become overcrowded and spiritually starved, just like a plant surrounded by weeds becomes starved for sunlight, water and nutrients. Those weeds and thorns include “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches [materialism],” “the desires for other things” and “cares, riches and pleasures of life” (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19; Luke 8:14).
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:23). Or, as Luke records, “those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience [or endurance]” (Luke 8:15).
Which of the above examples will apply to your life?
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