The Parable of the Sower is found in three different Gospels – Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8. In this parable, Jesus is talking about God’s Word and how it is received by people. The four different types of soil represent the heart condition of four kinds of people. We also see that it is the same seed or Word that is sown each time. Each of the four people hears the same Word, but the results are quite different. First we have the person in whom the Word doesn’t even take root; Second is the person in whom the Word takes root but not deep enough to keep it alive; Third, this is the person in whom the Word takes root and begins to grow but produces no fruit because of all the weeds, or in other words, the cares and worries of life are sucking all the nutrients required to produce fruit. Then last, is the person in whom the Word not only takes root but flourishes and produces a great harvest. So of the four types of people, only one produces a harvest from hearing the Word. Our heart is the soil that receives the Word. Many things can clump up that soil – sin, fears, cares, desires, lusts, etc., which can affect our harvest. We are responsible to make sure our heart is properly tilled for a good harvest. Some may require a little raking, and others require a fork or spade, while others a rototiller. But we all have areas that need to be weeded out of our lives so the Word can flourish. Whatever your need, do what it takes to produce your best harvest!
23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:23 (NLT)
23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23 (NIV)