The Sower and the Seed

The parable of the sower and the seed is found in Matthew 13:1-23.  It is about a sower who went out to spread seeds.  In the parable the seeds represent the word of God.

Some of the seeds fell on the path and was eaten by the birds.  When someone hears the word and doesn’t understand it, the word is snatched away from them.

Some of the seeds fell on rocky ground.  The plants grew, but without soil the roots were weak and the plants died.  Sometimes people hear the word and accept it.  However, they have no roots, so when times are hard they fall away from the word.

Other seeds fell among thrones which destroyed the plants as they tried to grow.  People that hear the word, but are more concerned with the priorities of the world are lost to the worries of the world.

Lastly, some seeds fell on good soil and they produced a harvest.  The good soil represents people that hear the word, understand it, and follow the teaches of it.  They bear good fruit and live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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One thing I have noticed in my life and in the lives of others, is we are not destined to remain in one of those locations.  We can change how we receive the word of God.

If you lack understanding, spend time studying the Bible.

If you lack a good root system, spend time with other disciples and get involved with a church that prioritizes the making of disciples, so your root system can grow stronger.

If you tend to prioritize the worries of the world above your spiritual life, then spend time considering what is truly important to you and how your priorities effect your life.

If you are the good soil, don’t get comfortable.  Continue to spend time studying the Bible, so you can continue to grow and produce more fruit.

 

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