I would like to challenge you and ask you: How is your relationship with the Lord? Have you taken time to review your life and determine any changes you need to make, that may be holding you back from a deeper relationship with Him? God teaches us a great lesson in his teaching of the parable of the sower.
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then He told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.’” Matthew 13:1-9
The seeds, which represent us, are seen in the parable of the sower in different walks of life.
1) Birds eating the seeds can represent people that never open their hearts or accept God; these seeds are fair game for the birds to eat and they never get a chance to grow and blossom.
2) Seeds that fell on rocky places can represent individuals rebelling against God with hardened hearts and those seeds will grow and blossom quickly, but they will wither away just as quickly since they had no root, or God as their foundation.
3) The seeds that fall amongst thorns can represent believers trying to live a Christian life surrounded by others trying to take them away from Christ. These seeds fell into an area occupied with wild growth.
4) The seeds however, that are in deep soil, can represent Christians that work on their relationship with God and cultivate their spiritual growth surrounded by the body of Christ. These seeds will grow strong roots and will experience prosperous and lasting growth since they have God as their foundation.
As you think about this parable, which seed are you? Are you sown in deep, rich soil?
If you aren’t, set some time apart to listen to God’s Word and cultivate a relationship with Him that will lead you to grow on good soil and produce crops that result in the fruit of the spirit, “….love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23