Calloused Hearts: This ground gets a lot of foot traffic. The ground is hard and the seed that falls upon it is trampled under the foot of men, or the birds devour it before it has the opportunity to penetrate into the soil. Sometimes people are like that. Perhaps they have been trampled on through life events, deceived by those they thought trustworthy, and hurt by the unforseen events of life, and somewhere along the way they have become cynical and hard. So much so that it is difficult for them to receive spiritual truth. Let us be sober concerning the schemes of Satan.
Shallow Hearts: Some seed fell upon shallow soil and underneath the soil was rock. With no root system developed, the plant soon died. Many have had such a reception of the word of God. The response to the word is immediate but not a lasting one. When trails and suffering become a part of the Christian walk they stop walking. Ironically, it is often through our problems that we are able to take root and establish a strong and abiding faith.
Crowded Hearts: The seed that fell among the thorns faced a real challenge in regards to fulfilling it’s purpose. It’s a powerful force that has a strangle hold on the spiritual life. We can care about so many things to the point where we care the least about the most important thing. The thorns represent the cares and riches of life that pursue and overcome every soul that is not firmly established in the Lord. In such a life, somehow, the first things become last and last things become first.
Converted Hearts: Only the good soil produced as it should. When the word of God comes to open and honest hearts, there is the opportunity for something to be born. An understanding of the will of God germinates within the heart and a life that is to the glory of God is evident.
We should all ask, “What kind of soil am I”. It is of the utmost importance that we be good soil and remain the kind of soil in which the teachings of our Lord will have a place to take root and grow to maturity.
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