“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” -Luke 8:15
The soil represents the heart and that’s what Jesus is all about. In this parable, Jesus lets us know upfront that as we sow seeds and share the Gospel, there will be different results, but His words also encourage us to keep sharing. The four different types of soil the seed (Gospel) can fall on:
1) Wayside- Paths where people would travel between rows of corn. It’s a beaten path, so nothing can grow there. Seed can’t take root because the soil is hardened.
2) Rocks- Underneath the soil is a slab of rock. The seed that falls there has no place to take root and cannot get nourishment, therefore, it dies. They receive the Gospel with joy, but since there’s no root, there’s no fruit.
3) Thorns- The seed is choked out because of weeds. All the junk in their life chokes out the seed that’s planted. The cares of this world are greater to them, so they’re not serious and have no fruit in their life. [Matthew 6:33- Our hearts should be seeking GOD’s kingdom first.]
4) Good Soil- The seed takes root and brings forth great fruit. The heart is receptive and desires to hear God’s Word. It hungers and thirsts after righteousness.
God is the “cardiagnosis.” The heart-knower. He knows our hearts! (Acts 15:8)
Are you bearing forth fruit with patience?