“A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose, they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:3-8, ESV)
Perhaps you’re familiar with this parable. While seeds are important to the passage, the understood subject is the soil and its ability to receive seed. Each of our hearts is represented by one of the soils mentioned above. Here is what we must understand. Jesus spelled it out further in the chapter, but I’ll paraphrase:
The seed is the Word of God. Whenever someone hears the Word but doesn’t understand it, the devil is quick to come along and snatch it away before it has any chance to take root. With all the foot traffic and travelers along the path, there is simply too much going on to stop and attend to the seed; to seek the Lord and gain understanding.
The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who happily receives the Word, which takes root, but because there is no concept of understanding, as soon as life happens, they simply can’t attend to it, and their faith dies and falls away. With seeking, however, one can understand.
The person whose soil is covered with thorns is the person who is burdened with the cares of this world; making the next business deal that will enable them to live comfortably, and in the midst of self-centered pursuits at any cost, there is no priority given to the Word or the things of God.
The person with the good soil is the one who hears the Word, receives it; it takes root and over time bears fruit in the character and nature of Jesus Christ. This is the type of soil God wants for us all.
So, why is this important?
I believe now is the time for tilling the soil of our hearts. A time to turn our ear toward Heaven; to perhaps spend less time binge-watching our favorite show, and instead binge-reading the Word of God; increasing our faith.
When we receive the Word of God, we receive His message. When we receive His message, we receive Him who knows every moment of our lives, past, present and future. Time spent sowing His Word in our hearts, yields, grows, produces faith for overcoming victory in the areas most needed in our lives. The Bible has an answer for whatever you need – TODAY!
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God… For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (Romans 10:17; 1 John 5:4, ESV).
I encourage you – till the soil of your heart. God wants to speak to you through His Word. More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos. During the COVID-19 “Shelter-in-place” order, visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for Sunday services on-line, and for further information about the ministry. Also join us for prayer daily, M-Sat. at 10 a.m., LIVE on the Grace San Marcos Facebook page.