“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. When he said this, he called out, 'Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’ His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand. This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.’” [Luke 8: 5-15 ]
This parable, though may seem to be a simple story of a farmer planting a seed, has great importance to the way we live our life as Christians. To explain this story of the seed in the best way possible I want you to imagine this small seed as the word of God, and the different ways that we can apply the word of God in our life today.
In the first scenario we find that some of the seeds fell along a path which led to it being trampled on and eaten by birds. The people on the path can represent those that hear the word of God, and immediately the devil comes in to take away what they’ve heard so that it does not stay in their hearts. John 10:10 says that “the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy”, and that is exactly what it is saying that he will do in this situation. The enemy does not want to see us growing closer to God because that makes us more of a threat to him, so it is important to know that we must ALWAYS be on guard from any attack the enemy makes at us from growing closer to the Lord.
Secondly there were seeds that fell on rocky ground and when the plants came up they withered from no moisture. This can represent people that hear and receive the word of the Lord with joy but it does not last because they have no root. This makes me think of what can frequently happen at some church camps. People can hear these amazing speakers and completely decide to turn their life around to follow God better and let go of sin. However the second they get back home, and things get a little hard, they quickly fall right back into their old lifestyle.
Next we see that there were seeds that fell onto thorns and when they grew up the thorns choked the plants. This is represented as someone that hears God’s word, but as they go away they are drowned by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures and do not mature. These type of situations happen all the time where you hear from God and begin growing closer to him… but then theres school… and that job… and that boy/girl that is showing interest in you… and those parties. And before you know it you’ve put God as your last priority because you are so busy and consumed by life’s distractions.
And finally we get to the good part. There are seeds that fell on the good soil that came up and yielded a crop a hundred times more than it was sown. This is represented as someone who hears the word of God, retain it, and from persevering they produce crops out of it. This is how we are called as Christians to live. We hear from God, and really take the time to reflect on it and apply it to our lives every single day. We persevere to seek God daily through the good times and the times that we just aren’t feeling it. By doing that, we are able to produce more fruit that what was ever given to us by God because THAT is just how good he is to us.
The important thing to know is that this parable isn’t in any way pointing fingers or trying to make any one feel like they are doing bad in life. The truth is we’ve probably all had a time or two in our life where we’ve experienced God’s word being given to us when our life was in every one of those scenarios. But I want you to think about your life right now… which of these situations does your life represent? How do you receive the word of God? The good news is that God absolutely loves and delights in you. I encourage you to take some time to ask God for help to be free of all distractions when it comes to hearing God’s word so that you can receive all that he has for you:)
Lord I ask that you would help me to receive your word and be like the seed that is planted in good soil. Help me to persevere and seek you daily even on the days I might not feel like it. I ask that you would free me from any distractions the enemy puts in my path. Give me a deep desire and hunger to know you more. I love you Lord, amen.