The Parable of the Sower is found multiple times in the New Testament in: Matthew 13:1-8, Mark 4:1-9, and Luke 8:4-8. It is the well-known story in which Jesus compares the Word of God to a seed that is sown. Every Christian should be cognizant of this parable for it is very crucial to our faith. Jesus tells us many important things in this Gospel.
The Parable of the Sower explicates four distinct kinds of people. He describes four metaphorical ways in which an individual can interpret the Word of God whether positively or negatively in terms of keeping in or losing it. Those who keep the Word are like the seeds that blossom into flowers and forever flourish. However, those who lose the Word are then corrupted, and do not bear fruit that will thrive.
According to the Parable, the first batch of seeds fell upon some firm soil that was unable to allow the seeds to grow. Instead, the birds came and ate the seeds. This rigid soil explicates a hard heart that is closed to loving God. With a cold heart, you cannot find love and compassion since you know not of it from yourself. This is due to the devil taking away that person’s ability to love and have faith in God. So therefore, just as evil took this away from man, the birds ate the seeds, taking them away from the earth.
Next, some seeds fell among rocky grounds with some dirt beneath them. Nonetheless the rocks and stones disallowed the seeds to seep through to the dirt, inhibiting the seeds to develop a root. The seeds did not grow and eventually died. This segment expounds the heart of one who hears the Word of God, but only lasts a short time. This person is the one who is quick to give up when trials and tribulations appear in life. This person is also someone who has not acclaimed his or her life to the Will of God, rooting God in his or her existence. This makes the individual idle and unable to grow as a Christian.
Then, some of the seeds fell onto some thorns in which the seeds were choked. This depicts the person who has heard the Word of God but puts more value in material possessions and other riches in life. This person has a heart too in love with material things, with no room to love God. The seeds may have begun to grow in his or her heart, but the soil was not healthy enough. Instead, it was full of thorns making the roots unable to develop fully.
Finally, some seeds fell among healthy and fertile soil allowing the seeds to bear thriving fruit. This epitomizes the person with an honest heart, ready to receive God’s love and obey His Word. This is the seed that we all must thrive to become. The good soil is the soil best to grow and flourish for our Lord, Jesus.
For those who simply assume they are of the good soil, most likely they are not. It is far better to underestimate one’s place in God’s Eye than to wrongfully assume and feel as though there is no need for improvement. The secret is that no human is perfect and therefore, improvement is always necessary.
Wake up and stand strong according to the Will of God. If you are unaware of His Will, then ASK HIM! Pray, pray and pray is all I can say. Ignorance of God will not save you in the end.