Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on a shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and chocked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand” – Matthew 13:3-9
Jesus explains what this parable means in Matthew 13:18-23 “The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hears God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
My question to you is, which one have you planted within your heart? It’s important to know, the only seed that flourished out of all 4 seeds was the last one that fell on fertile soil. Why was this the only seed that was able to grow and produce fruit? It’s foundation was solid which provided the necessities for sustaining life. We must make sure that the foundation to our life is solid, or we will not grow to our fullest potential. The fear of The Lord is the foundation of wisdom and His word brings life. In order for our life to prosper and be hopeful, it starts with hearing and understanding the word of God and planting our seeds on solid ground.