Luke 8:11-15 - Four Basic Conditions of the Heart - part 1.
Luke 8:11-15 - The Four Basic Conditions of the Heart (Parable
Of The Sower) part 1.
Luke 8:11-15 (NIV) "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed
is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear,
and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts,
so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rock are
the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they
have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing
they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those
who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's
worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on
good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the
word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
The fate of the word of God depends on the heart into which it
* PATH PEOPLE - The hard path represents the shut mind, the mind
which refuses to take it in.
* ROCK PEOPLE - 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.
* THORN PATCH PEOPLE - 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.
* GOOD SOIL PEOPLE - 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 mod]
At any time, the receptiveness of your heart will determine
your response to God's word (Lu 8:5-18). If your heart is like the
trampled ground, hardened by the sin of bitterness and unforgiveness, you
will be unable to accept a message from God. Though you hear the
words of the message, you will remain unchanged. If your heart is like
the shallow soil on top of a rock, you will accept God's word in
your mind, but the truth will not penetrate your heart to make a
difference in your actions. A heart like thorny soil is a life that is
distracted by the cares of the world; the pursuit of earthly pleasures
prevents God's word from taking hold and producing righteousness. The
heart that is like good soil receives a word from God, applies it, and
brings forth fruit in due time. This is the heart that Jesus desires in
us, for the fruit will be a Christlike life.
Any time you hear a word from God, whether through Bible
reading, prayer, or worship, the way you respond will depend on how you
have cultivated your heart (Ho 10:12). How do you develop a heart
that is like good soil? Repent of any bitterness, anger, or
unforgiveness that is hardening your heart. Meditate on God's word until it
enters deep into your heart and not just your mind. When you read or
hear a word from God, apply it to your life and let God bring His
word into reality in your life (Ga 6:9). Protect your lifestyle. See
that you don't devote all of your energy to worldly concerns, rather
than to pursuing your relationship with God. The condition of your
heart will vary, depending on how you cultivate it. If it was
receptive to a word from God yesterday, this does not guarantee it is
receptive today. Daily prepare your heart for the word God has for you!
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Luke 8:15]