Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. – Luke 8:11-15
The Parable of the Sower shows us how we are to receive the Word of God effectively. When the seed hits the soil of your soul, are you moved to action, or do you just shake it off and go about your business?
- A person with a hard heart is hardened by sin and considered one with hard ground. Satan plucks the message away which keeps the heart dull and prevents God’s Word from making a serious impression.
- A person who professes delight with God’s Word, yet does not have a heart that has changed is considered stony ground. When trouble comes along, faith wavers and quickly disappears.
- A person who seems to receive God’s Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures and lusts has no time for Bible study because these other things are more fun. This is thorny ground and it is certainly not considered a rich soil.
- A person who not only reads God’s Word, but allows it to sink in and prays that God will be alive and working inside. This is good ground and is the truly saved one because there is evidence in this person’s life and lifestyle. It’s pleasing to God and honors Him.
To hear it is not enough. It’s important to know the Word of God. We can read it, but it’s a lot like the image we see in the mirror. If you take a quick glance in that mirror, you will soon forget whether your hair looked combed or not. When we take the time to study God’s Holy Word, we will know it. We want to know it, because that is what God wants us to do. If we walk along and merely hear the Word of God, we are more susceptible to the devil’s schemes. Nobody puts a spin on things better than he does! He can make us believe his lies and call them gospel truth. We see it in our world today. The devil is so sneaky and whispers lies such as God doesn’t really care about you, or if God really did care, He would do something about things. If you are experiencing serious doubts about these types of things, don’t keep listening to the devil’s deceitful lies. Open your Bible and read it for yourself. God will never put a spin on anything and He certainly will not lie to you – ever! 🙂