What kind of seed are you? The parable of the farmer scattering seeds.
14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 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!” -Mark 4:14-20 NLT
I asked myself that question today. What kind of seed am I?
1. The calloused heart (wayside) dominated by Satan and totally unresponsive (v. 15).
2. The shallow heart (stony ground) has no depth of spiritual character (v. 16-17).
3. The compromising heart (among thorns) overwhelmed by allurements (v. 18-19):
(A) “the cares of this world”
(B) “the deceitfulness of riches”
(C) “the lust of other things”
4. The fruitful heart (good ground) productive in proportion to one’s yielding to Christ (v. 20).
To be honest I think I struggle with number 3. Worrying is my thorn. I shouldn’t care for things of this world and focus all my attention on Christ and His will for my life. I want to continuously be a fruitful heart, not one that jumps back and forth from seeds 1-3. Producing fruitful things is the most important part of this life, glorifying God and bringing others to know Him.
Every time I read this scripture I’m so convicted. It’s such a perfect parable to hold our hearts accountable.