We now come to the portion of the parable in Matthew 13:18-23 where Jesus refers to seed being sown into “good soil.” Unlike the heart that allows the “evil one” to snatch the seed away, or the rocky ground, or where the heart has allowed thorns, “good soil” receives the seed of God’s Word. Here is some important instruction from verse 23:
· The heart with “good soil…hears the word.” The condition of the heart must have times of quiet when it can listen. In our busy world, this is becoming more of a challenge. Hebrews 5:11 says that some who were immature had “become dull [slow or lazy] in hearing.” Paul makes the connection between the work of the Spirit and “hearing with faith” (Galatians 3:2, 5). This is what I call ‘active hearing.’ We must not be passive in listening to what God is saying to us.
· The next point in verse 23 is that the heart understands what is being heard. There is only one way we can hear with understanding – only by the Spirit. Jesus promised that He would “teach us all things” (John 14:26). Jesus said that understanding comes to those who have child-like teachable hearts (Matthew 11:25). Hearing and understanding are bound together for those who receive “the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).
· Through ‘active listening’ and Spirit given understanding, the seed of God’s Word will bear fruit. Jesus points out, the harvest varies from heart to heart. The question becomes whether I want my heart to produce “much fruit” so the Father is glorified (John 15:5-8).
As you examine your heart, what sort of hunger do you have for the Word. To the degree you want God’s Word to bear fruit in you is the degree you will be able to help others gain the same hunger.
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