3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Sower and the seeds (Mark 4:3-9) ESV
Jesus teaches the parable of the Sower and the Seeds. In this parable, Jesus teaches that there are 4 different types of ground in which the sower spreads his seeds: the hard ground, the stony ground, the thorny ground and the good ground. Jesus goes on to tell us that the first three types of ground don't yield grain—the seed doesn't grow and refuses to root in anything sustainable. And the fourth type of seed, in the good soil, produces grain, growing and increasing.
Now you may read all of that, and say that’s great but I’m not a farmer. But I believe this isn't just for farmers—it’s for us too. If you notice this parable starts by saying Jesus is speaking to a large crowd—so large He gets on a boat and speaks to them from the water. That can tell us that this is important and this isn't just for a specific type of person. We focus on two things in this parable: the seed and the soil. The seed represents “the word of God.” The ground represents 4 different types of ground that the seed is falling on. I want to focus specifically on the good soil. He tells us “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The “good ground” shows the one who hears and fully receives the word. And the word has the power to continue to root itself in our heart. But it takes us checking our heart. The condition of our heart affects the growth. We have to check to see if our hearts are hardened (hard ground) or if our hearts quickly delight in the word but wind can blow and our faith quickly disappears (stony ground) or if our heart is caught up in other things beyond the word (thorny ground). We are the only one who get to ask ourselves the question, “how is my heart?” and answer it honestly. He has given us ears to hear. We are made to live in with fruit multiplying and being fully rooted in His word. We want to be a people of good soil—where the roots can’t be uprooted. And we can, we open our ears and open our heart to Him daily. And that looks like digging in the word and creating a space for Him to move in you.
God, I pray that we would hunger to be a people of good soil. That you would come and root your truth deep within each of us who are willing. That we would bear good fruit.