Monday, June 8, 2015

The Parable of the Sower: What Type of Ground Are You On?



The Parable of the Sower is a well known parable that can be found in the book of Matthew, chapter 13. As well known as it may be, it is not a parable I think of often, but maybe I should reflect on it more often. Today, I asked myself the question "If I were a seed, what type ground would I be on right now ?" Take a quick moment to review the parable and reflect on what type of ground you have been on lately, and what you go to to change that.
“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 3-9

The Hard Ground
A seed cannot sprout on hard ground, it needs the right kind of soil to sprout. The seed has insufficient nourishment to take root and establish a healthy plant. Since the seed cannot make its way into the ground, it becomes bird food.  The Hard ground represents a person who is hardened by sin. This person will "hear" the Word, but he or she does not understand it.  Satan will come and snatch away anything that was sown on their hearts.



The Stony Ground
The stony ground provides just enough soil for the seeds to germinate, but  because there is not depth, the plant does not take root and it is soon burned and withers away from the sun. The seed that falls on stony ground represents someone who professes delight with the Word, but does not have a true change of heart. In other words, when trouble arises, this person's so called faith quickly disappears.


The Thorny Ground
The thorny ground allows seeds to grow, but the thorns choke the life out of the plant. The thorny ground represents a person who receives the Word, but his or her heart is filled with riches, pleasures and lusts. Theses things take time and attention away from the Word and this person ends up having no time for it. The way of the world is much more appealing to this individual.



The Good Ground
The good soil receives the seed and produces much fruit! the seed that falls on the "good" ground (conditions perfect for a seed to thrive) represents someone who hears, understands and receives the Word, then allows Jesus to accomplish His will  in their lives.  The good ground representation has been truly saved because salvation proof is fruit.


“A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.”

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