They are not many people who talk about the parable of the sower or at least I have not heard others talk of this parable as much as it apply to our lives but also the lives of others that are in the world. So, for some who are not familiar of the scripture and the parable of the sower….what does it say?
Luke 8:5-11 “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some feel by the way side; and it was trodden down and the fowl of the air devoured it. And some fell on rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit a hundredfold. And when he has said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables seeing that might not see, and hearing that might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” (KJV) Now lets stop right there. Let’s ask our selves this question. Do we read the word of God often? What is the word of God? Well, the word of God is like food, its like rain, it nourishes us and it gives us wisdom, understanding of life, love, obedience and what is righteous unto God and so on. Being believers of Christ, we need this food, we need this nourishment because we know what happens to those that are malnourished, they don’t get nutrients, children don’t grow and even some get sickly. The word of God is our food, when we read it, we are getting to know our Lord and in knowing our Lord in an intimate way, we progress in him and draw ourselves closer to him more and we do that, he draws himself closer to us. The word renews our strength when the world is really bringing us down and reminding us of God’s promises like his promise in Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 1:6 and John 3:16.
This is good in our walk with the Lord. But when we depart from it, and we fill our life with other things that are not of God. Then we start to get overwhelmed by this world and it starts to consume what was sown in our hearts from God’s word. The next few verses explain that quite perfectly.
Luke 8:12 ” Those by he way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil , and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” These are the unbelievers that hear the word of God from Christians but because of their harden hearts, their past life or hatred, pain, envy or strife or anything else that is sin in their lives that have a hold on them. The devil can use that as an advantage to take away the words of truth (the word of God) from the sinner and let the truth stay hidden from them. This is why when one hear the word of God, harden not your heart, but to be WILLING to hear the truth and to have an open heart and mind. Only God can save you, not Christians (who are to be messengers of Christ) but only CHRIST JESUS and he will not force you to believe but you will have to be willing and want your soul to be saved by him because there is no one else that can save our souls but Jesus. Luke 8:13-15 “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (KJV)
What does these mean, well the scriptures from 13 to 14 sound very similar to what sounds of Christians that are luke warm. Christians that believe in Jesus Christ but have their hearts not set on God’s word fully and/or God’s commandments and virtues but set on the “cares and riches and pleasures of this life” that makes them unfruitful (Luke 13:6-9) and have not given up their temptation, whatever that may be that you put before God and/or that makes you spiritually crippled and in giving in to that temptation, spiritually withholds any blessings, gifts or even miracles that God has for you.
How can you possibly know God’s best, when the world is coming at you in different directions with darkness and the cares of this life are choking the fruit that you could be getting from the Word of God? Is it worth it, absolutely not. What we all need to be (easier said than done at times but with God all things are possible) is like verse 15. Our hearts should be as good ground, soft and fertile, wanting the word of God (the seed) to be planted in our hearts, denying ourselves and leaving the worldly life behind so we can have joy, peace and individually know God’s purpose for us. To bring in good fruit, to talk to others about Christ and to lead them to Christ. We can do this only by having God ahead of us, and his holy spirit to guide us through life. This takes progress, it doesn’t happen right a way but if we believe in God that started a good work in us because we believe in him and TRUST in him, he will finish that good work (Philippians 1:6). Trust in him. ( =
God bless you all!