Jesus said to His disciples, 'if you can`t understand this parable, you won`t understand any of the other parables.'
Read Mark 4:1-20
The Parable of the Sower.
And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
To truly hear Jesus' words is to believe them and to use them immediately in decisions and attitudes, to base our life on them, in our recreation and work, family plans and money matters, praying and singing.
To truly hear Jesus' words is to make Him your true LORD!
And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
God reveals truth to people who will act on it and make it visible in their lives.
When you talk to people about God, be aware that they will not understand if they are not yet ready. Be patient, taking every opportunity to tell them more about God while praying the Holy Spirit will open their minds and hearts to receive the truth and act on it!
Productivity is in God`s hands, not ours. We can`t make people believe. We sow the truth of the Gospel and God watches over it. Some may respond right away, but probably most won`t. It doesn't mean that they won`t, they need time to think on it, to ponder about what was said.
The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
A great thought on the soil being different phases of a person`s life!
The four soils represent the four different ways people respond to God`s message.
Usually we assume that Jesus was talking about four different types of people, but He may also have been talking about:
1. Different times or phases in a person`s life, or
2. How we willingly apply God`s Word to some areas of our life but resist applying it to others.
For example, you may be open to God about your future, but closed concerning how you spend your money.
You may respond like good soil to God`s demand for worship but respond like rocky soil to His demand to give to people in need.
Strive to be like good seed in every area of your life at all times!
(Resource: Application Study Bible)