Luke 8:11-15 - The Parable Of The Sower - Deals With The Reception Of God's Word.
Luk8:11-15: The Parable Of The Sower - Deals With The Reception
Of God's Word.
That some of the seed produced no crop was not the fault of the
faithful farmer or of the seed. The yield depended on the condition of
the soil where the seed fell.... "Path" people, like many of the
religious leaders, refused to believe God's message. "Rock" people, like
many in the crowds who followed Jesus, believed his message but never
got around to doing anything about it. "Thorn patch" people,
overcome by worries and the lure of materialism, left no room in their
lives for God. "Good soil" people, in contrast to all the other
groups, followed Jesus no matter what the cost. Which type of soil are
you? [Life Application SB]
The fate of the word of God depends on the heart into which it
(a) The hard path represents the shut mind, the mind which
refuses to take it in.
(b) The shallow ground represents those who accept the word but
who never think it out and never realize its consequences and who
therefore collapse when the strain comes.
(c) The thorny ground stands for those whose lives are so busy
that the things of God get crowded out. We must ever remember that
the things which crowd out the highest need not necessarily be bad.
The worst enemy of the best is the second best.
(d) The good ground stands for the good heart. The good hearer
does three things. First, he listens attentively. Second, he keeps
what he hears in his mind and heart and thinks over it until he
discovers its meaning for himself. Third, he acts upon it. He translates
what he has heard into action. [Barclay Commentary]
If you haven't discovered it already, the Christian life can be
tough. Perhaps some of your friends don't like it that you've changed.
Maybe God is talking to you about some areas of your life that need to
change and you're finding that it's hard, even though you want to do
it. Or maybe you thought becoming a Christian would solve all those
other problems in your life - marriage issues, children problems, job
frustrations - and you're discovering that those things are still the same.
When Jesus gave this parable of the seed, he was talking about
how sometimes new believers accept the message but then wither
because of life's difficulties or fail to grow to maturity because of
life's temptations. Jesus wants you to be like the good soil so that
the seed of his Word can take root and grow.
So what do you do when the going gets tough? Stay close to God.
Read the Bible every day. Pray about the situations that arise. Seek
to do what you know is right. As you "hang in there," you'll find
that God's Word is taking root. As the roots go down deep, your faith
will grow strong. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Luke
Luke 8:18 (CWB) You are held accountable for the good news you
hear. Whoever shares with others what he's heard will be happy and
will be entrusted with more, but the person who doesn't share what
he's heard will actually lose what he has because it will slowly
disappear from his own heart."
Luke 8:18 (MSG) So be careful that you don't become misers of
what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess
Truth that is not understood and appropriated will be lost
(19:26), but truth that is used will be multiplied. [NIV SB]