Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stoney places, where they had a little dirt: and they sprouted, but because there was not enough dirt, the sun came up and scorched the sprout because it didn’t have roots they withered away. Some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up and choked them. But others fell on good ground, and brought forth fruit; some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. He has ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus shared this parable illustrating the potential of how we receive the good news of Christ. God offers us salvation through His son, all we have to do is accept His invitation. Every time you hear about the gospel, seeds are being sown. The question is, how do you receive it? For some, they hear about the love of Christ and God’s desire to love them, and they want nothing to do with God. The Word falls by the way side and never has a chance to sprout.
For others, they hear the gospel and they are interested, but as soon as they face the “heat” of the world, their interest evaporates and they turn away. Some are caught up with everything the world has to offer… and the cares of the world; their career, that new car or house, choke out the good news.
For some, the good news resonates within their heart and they accept Him to be their Lord and Savior. There will still be storms, there will still be trials, but knowing that God is on the throne and in control of every situation keeps them close and they experience great growth and produce fruit. What is that fruit? Showing the love of Christ to others. God desires to transform our hearts and give us eternal life with Him. All we have to do is accept His invitation… let your heart be that fertile soil where His Word can take root and grow. You will be AMAZED!