Luke 8:11-15 - The Parable of the Sower; How Is Your Heart?

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.  


Fighting the Fast Fade
   As you waved good-bye to your friends at 
church last Sabbath, what mental darts were left 
stuck in the target of your thinking? 
   Can you remember those pointed challenges 
from the preacher who stood before you with Bible 
in hand? How many hours have passed since you 
sat there, opening your ears and heart to 
counsel from God's always-relevant Book? A few 
dozen, maybe? 
   Ah, it's starting to fade, isn't it? 
Those incisive, potentially life-changing 
principles are swimming away in a sea of forgetfulness. 
What a frustration! Why can't we hang on to those 
mental, spiritual handholds we need so desperately? 
   Jesus illustrated this struggle so 
   Listen! A farmer went out to plant some 
seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of 
the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came 
and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with 
underlying rock.  Other seed fell among thorns that 
grew up and choked out the tender plants so they 
produced no grain. Mark 4:3"5, 7 
   What is it in your life that chokes the 
life of the seed of truth? Worry over your 
children's futures? Fear of losing your employment? 
Stress from over-commitment or your lifelong 
pattern of perfectionism? 
   Let go of all of that and begin to allow 
the truths of God's Word to grow roots and 
flourish. That takes a commitment to cultivating your 
relationship with Him through prayer and meditation and a 
daily reflection on Scripture. Also, join up with 
someone you trust who can lovingly point out the 
weeds in your life and help you maintain a fertile 
heart for the things of God. 
   Watch how God enriches your life when you 
pay attention to the soil of your heart. You'll 
experience a bumper crop of joyfulness and peace. I 
assure you. [Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


Dangers in Putting Gods Word Aside
   The word of God is the seed When the 
word of God is set aside, its power to restrain 
the evil passions of the natural heart is 
rejected. Men sow to the flesh, and of the flesh they 
reap corruption.  
   And here, too, is the great cause of 
mental weakness and inefficiency. In turning from 
God's word to feed on the writings of uninspired 
men, the mind becomes dwarfed and cheapened. It 
is not brought in contact with deep, broad 
principles of eternal truth. The understanding adapts 
itself to the comprehension of the things with 
which it is familiar, and in this devotion to 
finite things it is weakened, its power is 
contracted, and after a time it becomes unable to 
   All this is false education. The work of 
every teacher should be to fasten the mind of the 
youth upon the grand truths of the word of 
Inspiration. This is the education essential for this 
life and for the life to come.  
   And let it not be thought that this will 
prevent the study of the sciences, or cause a lower 
standard in education. The knowledge of God is as 
high as heaven and as broad as the universe. 
There is nothing so ennobling and invigorating as 
a study of the great themes which concern our 
eternal life. Let the youth seek to grasp these 
God-given truths, and their minds will expand and grow 
strong in the effort. It will bring every student 
who is a doer of the word into a broader field 
of thought, and secure for him a wealth of 
knowledge that is imperishable.  
   The education to be secured by searching 
the Scriptures is an experimental knowledge of 
the plan of salvation. Such an education will 
restore the image of God in the soul. It will 
strengthen and fortify the mind against temptation, and 
fit the learner to become a co-worker with 
Christ in His mission of mercy to the world. It 
will make him a member of the heavenly family; 
and prepare him to share the inheritance of the 
saints in light. [COL 38-43] 


Matthew 13:19-23; Mark 4:14-20; Luke 8:11-15


Luke 8:11-15 - The Parable of the Sower - 
How Is Your Heart? 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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