“While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “ ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’ “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.”
Luke 8:4-11 NIV
“Though seeing they may not see; though hearing they may not understand.” Think about that. This means that we can be exposed to the same thing, but some hear and some do not. Some understand and some do not. That makes me think about the differences in our own families. How could we all be raised in a Christian environment, meaning “the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom have been given,” yet some know His voice and some are lost.
Let’s break down this chapter to have a better understanding.
The seed that fell on the path—the text says it’s trampled and the birds eat it. This is how we have people giving their lives to Christ on Sunday, then satan on Monday. The enemy is the bird. He snatches the word from their hearts so that they won’t believe and cannot be saved.
The seed that fell on rocky ground—these are the people that shout at a good word, but have no roots to apply it in their lives. Anything built on a rocky foundation will fall. So they believe for a moment, but when the wind blows, their faith is taken with it.
The seed that fell among thorns—these are the professed believers, but lukewarm. The people that will only do what’s comfortable for them. They believe until their faith is choked by worry. They follow Christ until life’s pleasures arise. They choose culture’s riches over the wealth of the Kingdom. What does the word say about the lukewarm? “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16 KJV). Are y’all hearing this? It’s better to be cold or hot, than to be lukewarm! Better to be the seed on the path or rocky ground, than to be the seed amongst the thorns!
Then there’s the seed that fell on good soil—this is the believer who has a heart for God. The person willing to follow Christ, even when He permits Satan to attack you like He did Job. Even when He anoints you for the Kingdom but leaves you in the pasture, like He did David. Even when He leads you to a wilderness, like He did the Israelites.
Some of us will be the only glimpse of Jesus a person meets. Where does the seed fall when it falls on you?