The Parable of the Sower is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus Christ. The four different soil types mentioned in Luke 8:4-15 are representative of the hearts of those who hear God’s Word. Of the four soils, only one is fertile enough for God’s Word to take root and subsequently produce fruit.
So, what mindset did these people take that the other types of soil didn’t? What stance did they assume for God’s Word to take root in their hearts? This is a common misconception and exactly why Jesus used crops as an example. It is not only the decision to plant the seed in the fertile soil that is important, but it is also necessary to tend to the Word once it has been planted.
Tending to the Word means we nurture it within our hearts. Dwelling on it, praying on it, and applying it to how we think, speak, and act are all parts of this process. We also cannot allow the worries, anxieties, issues, and trials of life to choke God’s Word out of our hearts! When we fill our hearts with God’s Word and trust wholeheartedly in His promises, our hearts will be fertile for it to blossom!
So, whether your heart is fertile soil for God’s Word is something only you and God are certain of. It is each of our responsibilities to ensure our heart is suitable to receive God’s living Word. When we do ensure we have fertile soil, God’s Word will take root and produce one hundred-fold what has been sowed.
Dr. Derek Grier