Yesterday I referred to Luke 8:11; “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). In verse 10, Jesus explained to His disciples that the secret of this parable is not given to everyone. Only to those who are truly disciples.
From this point, Jesus speaks to them about the different type of ground where the seed may fall.
· “Along the path” where the devil takes the “Word from their hearts” (12). They have not guarded their heart “with all vigilance” (Proverbs 4:23).
· The “rocky” places where there is initial joy in the Word, but because there is no root, the person falls away during times of testing (13).
· “Thorny” places where persons hear the Word, but they let cares, riches and pleasure choke the potential of the Word. There is no maturity (14).
Are you any of these?
We want you to be the fourth type of soil, “the good soil…those who hear the Word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” (15). To be good soil, the Word of God must be received with the intent that it grows in you because you value what it will eventually become through patience. The Sequoia trees we mentioned yesterday, mature through long patience and taking in water and nutrients. You will become what you feed on! What is your diet?
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