Written By Angelique Geeringh
Jesus spoke in the most beautiful parables to illustrate how best to live our lives. His parables were very practical and applicable to the people that he was teaching. In the parable of the sower, He used the story because it was culturally relevant, and most of His audience would have had a good understanding of the farming methods used to sow seeds.
This parable is a clear description of how easy it is for the Word of God (the seed) to be disregarded based on our hardness of heart (the soil). The seed sown along the path, was stolen by the enemy due to the hearer’s lack of understanding of the Word of God. The seed sown on rocky places had no root and could not stand when trouble and persecution came because of the Word. We are reminded that we need to believe God’s Word even in the difficult times. The seed sown among the thorns became unfruitful because of worries and the deceitfulness of riches that can so quickly clutter our lives.
The seed which was sown in good soil and bore fruit symbolises hearers who understand the Word. The Father desires for us to bear fruit.
James 1:22 (NIV)
‘Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’
A life of fruitfulness is a life of dependence on God. We need to depend on Him for understanding, we need to lean on Him in times of trials, and we need to trust Him for provision in all areas of or physical lives and abide in Him for fruitfulness in our spiritual lives.