The Parable of the Sower!!!
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them . But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”……. Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23.
Having Explained Why Jesus spoke in Parables in our previous study, we can now look into the Parables. And I strongly believe that if we are truly Disciples of Jesus, then Just as Jesus Explained the Parables to His Disciples, the Holy Spirit will do the same for us. Here we see the Parable of the Sower. And Jesus took time to explain this Parable so it makes it easy for us to understand. It is commonly agreed that the are Four grounds but if we look carefully, we will find that there are Six types of Ground. The Sower is definitely the Ministers of God(Preachers) and the Seed is the Word of God. While the Ground is the Heart of those who listen to the Preacher. There are Three bad and three good. Let consider these Grounds one by one.
(1) The Wayside: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. Why does He not understand the word of God? It was because He had no interest in obedience!!! The birds of the Air(Evil Spirits) are always there in every church meeting just to make sure your mind wanders away from the subject that God is trying to speak with You. Have you ever wonder why You try to read your Bible but your thoughts begin to Wander? These are Evil Spirits (Birds of the Air) trying to take away the seed so that nothing is sow. If You look back to all the messages to you have heard in the past and how at the end of some messages, you took some decisions that, “Lord, I want to be whole-hearted and radical for You”, but a few weeks later or months later, it is gone!!! The effect of that message has gone out of your Life. The birds of the air has succeeded in taking away the seed. There are many distractions the Devil brings when we are studying God’s word or reading a good book, the birds of the air comes whispering. They could even tell you that “This is a wrong doctrine and teaching” so that You do not take heed to the truth. But if we have a heart that is willing to obey, then we will understand. This is where we have to fight a battle. All the times, we must be ready to hear what God is saying throughout the Day and when God has spoken to our hearts, we have to be very careful that we don’t come into the categories of those from whom the Birds of the air has taken the seed.
(2) Stony place : But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. This ground is better than the first one. The first was distracted, couldn’t receive the word but this one received the Word. The type of Hearer Springs up and shouts “Halleluyah and Amen, this is a great Message” Some people’s temperament are like that. They are quick to express their appreciation and excitement about what they have heard. But the problem is that they try to keep the word externally and not inwardly. In the eyes of Men, we have a good testimony, we don’t smoke, drink or gamble. Externally our lives is good but there is no depth within. There is a rock within. A hard heart that is impure, filled with dirty thoughts, and many other things that Man cannot see. They only receive the word in such a way to cleanse their external life, but do nothing in breaking up the hardness of the heart caused by Sins in their thought life, attitude and motive. Such people will be more concerned if their external testimony is lost before others than their inward testimony be lost before God. If Men caught them in Adultery, they would be more grieved but Adultery in their Heart does not disturb them. Let some trials and temptation comes, inwardly they fall first and finally the fall away completely. If persecution comes, they fall away because they have sought for a Christianity which gives them a comfortable Life, they look for a soft Gospel that makes their Earthly life comfortable and that is a false Gospel. Jesus said “In the World, You shall have Tribulation(John 16:33)”not wealth. Those who have prepared their mind for persecutions are the ones who have root. If we allow the word of God to go deep and take root in our lives, we will never fall in times of persecution. The time to prepare for persecution is now when there is no persecution. Those that seek to wait until then will be too weak to stand. A Wise man once said, “In time of Peace, we must prepare for War”
(3) Among Thorns : Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. This is a picture of a person who received the word and really wants to maintain a good inner life. But the worries and cares of the world, the desire for other things(Not sinful things but legitimate Earthly things) come and choke the word. For Example, A man can be so interested in games and sports that it can choke out his Christian life. A person can be so interested in Christian choir practice and spend Hours in rehearsal but never have 5 minutes to read the Bible and pray. What is the use of singing in the choir if you don’t have time to read the Bible and pray? There are many things like these which does not look sinful but are like Thorns that chokes the Seed. It could be cares and worries about the future, financial worries, and Your Job. I use to know a Boy who was converted at a very young age, He didn’t have a Job and He was so gripped by truth of God’s word. He would meditate on God’s word and everything was going so well Until He got a Job with a very good Salary. And His Job became a Thorn that Choked the fruits coming out of His Life. Because now He has to spend so many hours at work and probably spend Extra time to earn more Money and advance on His profession. And suddenly He who used to be an Amazing Brother no Longer had time to even attend Sunday meetings. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches has Choked the fruits He used to Have. Let Him who thinks He stands take heed lest He Falls. We cannot live on Earth without Money, we have to buy things that we need everyday, pay rent, educate our children and many things like that, but we must never allow ourselves to be deceived by money. Deception is when you think if you have money you will be happy. Some of the wealthiest people in the World are the most unhappy people in the world. And some of the poorest people in the world are the Happiest. Many thinks that when they have Abundance of things, they will enjoy life but Jesus Says, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses(Luke 12:15)” Let us cleanse ourselves from the Love of Money for it is deeply rooted in our flesh. If we are not watchful and frequently judge ourselves, we can start up well and get Choked by this things. There are many cases like this of believers who started so well, Very Zealous and sincere and the Devil saw them as people who will be a threat to His Kingdom and Since He could not corrupt them with Sin, He decided to corrupt them with a whole lot of Legitimate things which were not helpful for their Spiritual growth. He who has ears, let Him hear!!!
(4) Good Ground: But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understand it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” These group of hearers understand because they have a desire to obey. They were careful that the birds of the air did not take the seed away, careful to maintain an inner life and also watchful against the thorns of the world and worries of Life from choking the fruits. But yet in spite of all these, we still find that there is a difference. There is a Thirty, Sixty and Hundredfold. And we can ask “Why the difference?” This shows us that the effect of God’s word in our lives is a matter of how whole-hearted we are in responding to the word.
For Example, A and B got born again on the same day, Bro A Listened to God’s word and has successfully overcome the Three bad grounds, but His testimonies are only negative. His testimony is, “I don’t Love money, I don’t lust after women in my heart, I don’t get angry, I don’t do this, I don’t do that, I don’t commit this Sin, I don’t commit that Sin.” what did He do positively? Did He Live for the Kingdom of God? Was He interested in seeing that others are built up in Christ? Was He interested In seeing that a pure local church is built in His area? On the other Hand, Bro B did not only give up negative things in His Life but went further to live for God’s Kingdom and help in building up others. He put God’s glory first in Everything He does Everyday. Bro A will end up producing 30% or 60%with His Life, while Bro B will end up producing 100%. Those that gave up 30% of their Lives will get 30% and those that gave up 100% will get 100%. In eternity, we will discover that the wisest Believers are those who gave up 100%” to the Lord. They will Be given a glorious entrance into God’s Kingdom. The will shine Like the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let Him hear.
Dear Friend, the same seed produced different kind of results. It depends totally on how we respond to God’s word. The choice is yours to choose what kind of ground You want to be. But I beg You with the mercies of the Lord, be wise!!! Think of Eternity. Be a Hundredfold Brothers and sisters. Guide Your Heart!!! And always say to the Lord, “What Is the Maximum You can accomplish through My Short time on Earth?”. May the Lord give us Grace to produce 100% with our lives(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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