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The Parable of the Sower Explained
13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
So today my meditation is in regards to “What type of seed do we resemble?”
When we meditate on the Word and hear the Word spoken in our Churches or places of Worship, be it at a Sunday service, or at a conference, or Bible cell group meeting or just in your own prayer closet, question how you receive the Word of God sown into your life and into your spirit-man.
Do you believe the Bible in Part or do you believe it as a Whole? Or are you one of those that are just plain skeptical and pick and choose what parts of the Bible you like reading?
Friends, we have to be more like the seed planted in fertile soil that is able to take in the Word, Believe the Word and increase in the Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding of the Word and live it out by principle. You can only impart to others when you are able to produce and multiply the knowledge you have of the Word in your life like the seed planted in fertile ground.
Seeds represent POTENTIAL and the plants that grow from these seeds represent CALLING.
1. The First seed was thrown on the wayside trampled underfoot – They are categorized as those Christians who become unbelievers of the Word. They believed for a time, but later on lost faith along the way rather quickly. They waver in faith too easily and often look for reasons as to why they should not believe in the Word of God as oppose to finding reasons in why they ought to believe in the Word of God. They may have a serious stronghold of unbelief in their lives in regards to the Word.
2. The Second seed was thrown on the stony ground eaten by birds- They are categorized as the Christians who believe in the Word for a time but because they lack the discipline to remain grounded in the Word in their conduct so that when trouble comes, they who are not grounded in the Word immediately fall away from basic principles and sin as a consequence that stems from unbelief. If you aren’t rooted in the Word, you leave way too much room for doubt to creep into your mind that causes unbelief to increase in ones life.
3. The Third seed was thrown in the thorns choked by the weeds – I categorize these as those that live by double standards. They are hearers of the Word but are not doers because they are easily enticed to satisfy their fleshy desires and do not walk in the Spirit but always according to the flesh. This is what it means to be a double-minded man…he is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8) and therefore, unfruitful in the Word, because their lives don’t line up with the Word. They can’t walk by faith when they continuously choose to walk by sight. Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing.
4. The Fourth seed was thrown on fertile ground that grew into healthy plants that matured during harvest time – These are people who believe in the Word of God by faith and practice what they believe. They operate by biblical standards and maintain the standards in their conduct. They are hearers that do. When they increase in the revelation of the Word, they are able to impart to others and multiply others to become believers. This is the seed we should all aspire to be. When you increase in Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding in the Word of God and live by principle, you will be able to share your faith more effectively and reap a harvest of believers easily because of the measure of faith within you, the believer.
Only BELIEVERS can increase BELIEVERS by their measure of FAITH.
The questions I have today are …
If we are all seeds and each seed represents potential, and the plant that grows from the seed represents calling, what soil are we in right now to birth our calling?
If we are not in our calling, then we must assess our lives and consider…what soil are we in right now?
Is it the wayside soil?
The stony ground soil?
The thorny soil?
or the fertile soil?
Ask yourself these questions today and consider that some people who are not operating in their calling maybe in the wrong soil. Become rooted in the Word and allow yourself to receive the Word like the seed sown in fertile ground. Don’t be a passive church goer and become a hearer that does what the Word of God expects of them.
I have a lovely song to finish off this meditation. It’s by Israel Houghton and New Breed called “Away, To Worship you I Live”
Stay Blessed Everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
James 3:18 (NIV)
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.