By: Anastacia Maness
Sometimes the moral was clear and at other times it wasn’t. One story Jesus told, about a gardener, is found in the parable of the sower, which you can read in Luke 8:4-8.
The gardener (aka the sower) started a garden. He dug up the ground and made rows in the loosened dirt.
Then he went along the rows dropping seed.
Some of that seed fell by the side of the garden and was trampled under foot and eaten by birds before it could grow.
Other seed fell on rocky ground. The sprouts withered because the sun scorched them and they didn’t have enough moisture to grow.
Still other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew with the young plants and were choked by the weeds.
But some seed fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a giant crop—a hundred times more than the gardener planted.
Some of the people who heard this story went on about their day afterwards. Maybe they thought the story was entertaining, but for whatever reason didn’t stick around to hear the moral.
“What does this parable mean?” Jesus’ followers asked Him in Luke 8:9-10.
Jesus explained that He taught with stories so the ones who wanted to understand Him could. Those who didn’t care to understand would go on about their busy lives and take whatever they wanted from His words.
He then explained the story in Luke 8:11-15.
The seed is the word of God. It’s what we often call the Gospel or the Good News. We can find this Good News by reading our Bibles, where we learn that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day. (See 1 Corinthians 15:3)
Although Jesus was alive at the time of this story, the application was the same. It pointed to the Good News of what He would do in the future. He would die for our sins, be buried and rise again in three days, just as the Bible said.
The seed that falls by the wayside represents those who hear the word but let Satan snatch it right out of their hearts before they can believe and be saved.
The seed that fell on the rocky ground symbolizes those who are excited to hear the gospel and are definitely into it emotionally, but aren’t grounded in God’s word. When they go through trials and temptations they show their true colors and leave the faith. Often we call them “backslidden Christians.”
The seed that fell among thorns signifies the people who hear the gospel and are choked by the cares, riches, and pleasures of life. They don’t care what happens to anyone else but are choked by obtaining wealth and think the more they gain, the happier they will be. Yet all their things worry them and weigh on their hearts.
Finally, the seed that fell on the good ground represents those who hear the Word and the plan of God’s salvation with a “noble and good heart.” They repent of their sins and accept Jesus’ gift. They are so excited about what Jesus has done for them that they reach out and share His message with others, winning even more souls for God’s kingdom.
Which ground are you on? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Master? Please share with us in the comments. We would love to hear from you.
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