Matthew 13:4-9 says “a farmer went out to sow his seed, as he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places where it did into have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soul, where it produced a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.
With the holiday season already started we hear allot about stores having great sales and percentages off their entire inventory. Communities are having tree lightings along with carolers singing. With all the festivities happening and things we want to attend with our families and friends. Let us not forget about the true meaning of the season. Its all about Jesus Christ. Let us take time out and examine our hearts.
In these parables Jesus is telling us what happens when the word is given. In Jesus’s day farmers would drape a bag of seed over their shoulder and as they walked up and down the uncultivated furrows, they would throw handfuls of seed across the ground. Preaching the truth of God is like taking the word of God and scattering it everywhere. The soil on the path represents the calloused heart. When a person’s heart gets so hard packed, they won’t allow the word to penetrate in their lives.
The rocky ground depicts the causal heart. This person appears to be converted and seem to experience explosive growth, but soon fall back into their old ways of living. The thorn represents the crowded heart. This soil has weeds that eventually choke out the seed. The soil has four kinds of weeds, the deceitfulness of wealth, the worries of life, the desires for other things and the riches and pleasures of this life. What is your heart crowded with?
And finally, we have the good soil. It represents the converted heart this person who hears the word of God and allows its truth to sink in and is genuinely saved. It produces a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. In all that we do let us be mindful to examine our hearts not just during the holiday seasons but everyday. AMEN?