The condition of the heart of man determines how much we will receive the things of God…
Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
The focus of this parable is not the sower or the seed. It is squarely upon the soil- and the soil represents our heart. The seed, that is the Word of God, does not change. The soil, or the heart, does change.
While the Word of God has incredible power to change a life, it relies on the readiness of the heart to receive it. There are those things that can cause the heart to not yield to God and His Word.
The first type of soil is one where the Seed does not penetrate. We can find a hardened heart due to having a lack of understanding. Do we allow the Word of God to penetrate when we hear it? Is the soil of our heart still open to receive?
The second type of soil can be found on rocky places. The Seed cannot germinate in this type of soil, causing one to not have any root in the Word.
It is God’s desire for us that good soil will provide all the elements for growth. How is the condition of the heart? Is the condition of our heart one that is receptive and pliable?