One of Jesus’ parables spoke of seed that fell on four different types of soil. Hard, rocky, thorny, and good soil. The seed represented the word of God.
The hard soil represented those who heard the word of God, but had it snatched away by Satan.
The rocky soil was those who heard, received the word with joy, but fell away as soon as things got tough.
The thorny soil was those who heard but allowed the things of life to crowd out God’s message.
The good soil was those who heard the Good News of Jesus, and produced an abundant crop for the Lord.
Like me, you may be familiar with this parable. Recently, however, I read a devotion that added a new dimension to how I viewed this teaching. Let me explain.
The writer of the Life Application Daily Devotion suggested possibly the four types of soil could be different times or phases in a person’s life. Or how we willingly receive God’s message into some areas of our lives, but resist applying it to all areas.
Maybe there are hard areas where Satan knows he can win victories, even though the rest of our lives show we belong to God.
Maybe there are rocky areas where our roots have dug down deep in the knowledge of scripture, but shallow in applying it in our lives.
Maybe there are thorny areas where we elevate and pursue things that pull us from complete devotion to serving Jesus.
Something for us to examine and consider, wouldn’t you agree?
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Then he continued, “Do you really not understand this parable? Then how are you going to understand all the other parables? The man who sows, sows the message. As for those who are by the roadside where the message is sown, as soon as they hear it Satan comes at once and takes away what has been sown in their minds. Similarly, the seed sown among the rocks represents those who hear the message without hesitation and accept it joyfully. But they have no real roots and do not last—when trouble or persecution arises because of the message, they give up their faith at once. Then there are the seeds which were sown among thorn-bushes. These are the people who hear the message, but the worries of this world and the false glamour of riches and all sorts of other ambitions creep in and choke the life out of what they have heard, and it produces no crop in their lives. As for the seed sown on good soil, this means the men who hear the message and accept it and do produce a crop—thirty, sixty, even a hundred times as much as they received.” Mark 4:13-20 (Phillips)
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