In this context, "the seed is the word of God" (Mark 4:14) while our hearts is the recipient soil. Several people receives the same gospel, but reacts differently to it. Just like a common adage that 'the same rain showered on sugarcane falls on the bitter leaf. So, what makes this difference?
According to the parable of the sower, there are 4 categories of church- goers:
1. The 'Footpath' (Hard Heart)
The main concern with this category of people is they come to the church without an expectation. Their hearts is frozen, hardened and unwilling to allow the Word of God. Unfortunately, this group of people miss out of the blessings in presence of God.
We know that truly the issues of life could make a life hardened. However, the choice is yours to soften and allow God.
MARK 4 vs15
2. The Rocky soil (Stony Heart)
A rocky heart has no deep roots. They only pray and meditate the Word of God on every Sunday. They are the shallow Christians and are easily shifted away by pleasures of life e.g. waywardness to get money for the latest phones. Are there anyone like that around you? Please pray for them.
MARK 4 vs16 - 17
3. Thorn soil (Thorny heart)
This category of people are present physically, but mentally away from God. Just like a thorny soil, it is obviously difficult for a good plant to survive or flourish in that odd circumstances.
4. Good soil (Good heart)
As believers , we ought to be in this category of people. They are always excited to come to the presence of God.
King David said in Psalm 122:1
And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted’
Tips to be a Good soil
The word of God can never fail. It always produces fruit’ (Isaiah 55:11). So, if God’s promises are not yet fulfilled in our lives, we need to self-examine ourselves; ‘What kind of soil is my Heart?’
What type of soil are you in God?
Dear God, please help me to be deeply rooted and nourished in you. Amen