One of the things that I love about going up to Bass Lake, California to visit my dad is going to his church (The Little Church in the Pines) on Sunday to heard Pastor Herk preach. Last Sunday was no exception as he expounded (explained to us), edified (taught us) and exhorted (urged us earnestly) us through one of my favorite parables of Jesus (above). The story is about me and you. It’s not just about casting the seed broadly by hand (which is getting the gospel word of God out into the world), but how is the condition of our heart to receive that Word of God? So, the real question is: “What kind of dirt are you?” Everything that Jesus teaches is helpful for us to understand the
Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.”
God doesn’t play favorites and so broadcasts His Holy Word on everyone for a chance to hear and respond to the gospel. Just like atrophy of a limb that is not used, there is atrophy of the soul for the soil (the hard-hearted, stubborn sinner) who fails to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the soil (the heart) that is hard, along the wayside.
What does it take for one to come to the Lord? Repenting is turning away from our sin, making a “U-turn” and humbly saying from the transformed heart: “I’m sorry Lord; I was wrong.” But, some folks hear the gospel Word and really get excited, accepting the Lord’s offer without realizing the cost; meaning, that they don’t really mean it or not really willing to pay the cost of being a disciple (learner/Follower) of Jesus, so when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble then runs away. This is the shallow-hearted person. But, there are also those with divided loyalty, accepting the gospel truth, but keeping one foot in the cares of this world (the thorns that weed into our live). Ever hear of those who want to follow Jesus and also follow the ways of the God-rejecting world system? Jesus also says that the deceitfulness of riches, outside of God, chokes the Word, and they become unfruitful towards God’s purposes, because at the root they have two Masters (God and an idol that they worship) and idolatry is “spiritual adultery”. Are we storing up treasures on earth or in Heaven? Weed your soil daily and be rich towards God in your good soil. What kind of dirt are you?
In Christ, Brian