I had a vision last Saturday of a farmer ploughing the land and immediately the “Parable of the Sower” came to mind.
Having studied the accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke, it is apparent that our Lord through this parable wants to show us the four characteristics of believers, each showing how they treat the word of God which is typified as seeds:-
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
How the seeds fell and were received:-
1. Wayside – Immediately the seeds were eaten by the fowls before a believer receives it. (Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts). A believer with no depth of God’s word suffer such fate.
2. Stony ground – A believer with stony ground is one that has a hardened heart with no moisture to soften it, causing the seed to die and not take root. (Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. 5 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away).
3. Thorns – The words were choked by the cares of life. (Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit). A believer in this category bears no fruit to show. Their focus seems to be on the cares of this world.
4. Good soil – The seed fell in good ground, on a honest and good heart. A person who loves the Word of God, reading and studying it in depth, learning the way of life casting all the cares on the Lord and learning to soar like an eagle!
We see here in verse 8 that when the word of God is received, it will bear fruits, 30, 60 or even 100 folds!
(Mark 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred).
Yes, it is how we hear and receive the word:-
Let us therefore pay heed to His words, incline our ears to them, turn not to the left or right, meditate on them day and night! And receive all that the Lord wants to give you to bear fruits a hundred folds!