Parable of the Soils
Parable of the Soils
A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed,
Some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.
But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.
When He had said these things He cried,
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Then His disciples asked Him, saying, What does this parable mean?
And He said, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,
But to the rest it is given in parables, that:
Seeing they may not see, and
Hearing they may not understand.
Now the parable is this:
The seed is the word of God.
Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the
Devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts,
Lest they should believe and be saved.
The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and
These have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard,
They go out and are choked with:
Pleasures of life, and
Bring no fruit to maturity
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who,
Having heard the word
With a noble heart
And with a good heart,
Keep it and
Bear fruit with patience.
These are the ones sown on good ground,
Hear the word,
Accept it, and
Some sixty, and
Some a hundred.”
From Luke 8:5-15, Mark 4:20
What kind of soil are you? The Word of God is the seed. It is sown in your heart. Is your soil prepared? Is your heart prepared? Has your fallow ground been broken up? Has your will been broken? Is your heart ready to receive the seed of God’s Word? The fruitfulness of your life depends on the condition of your heart – the soil in which the seed of God’s Word grows.
Teachers of the Word can only sow the seed. Some sow. Some water. God gives the increase. Is the soil of your heart ready to receive the precious seed?
That is the question for you. Today.