Mark 4:14-20
14 The farmer I talked about is the one who brings God’s message to others. 15 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then Satan comes at once and takes it away from them. 16 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive it with joy. 17 But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word. 18 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. 20 But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest-thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We have heard many times that this parable represents the heart.  Many who hear the Word of God have hard hearts and some are very rocky, only a few are prepared to receive the Word.  But this parable can also represent four different times or phases in a Christian’s life.  Our heart can be like good soil and receive the Word of God and grow and produce a good crop.  But at different times in our life, our heart can be like the hard rocky soil and close the door to the Word we hear.  Hopefully we do not stay here, but go on to become good soil.  Or we can be like good soil to certain parts of God’s Word.  We may respond like good soil when God peaks to us about worship but respond like rocky soil when it comes to tithing.  We hear the Word of God, but respond differently to the different messages.  We should pray to be like good soil in all areas of the Word of God.  Our goal should be to be open to receive whatever direction God would take us through His Word.  Examine your heart when you read the Word and find out what kind of soil is receiving it.  If it is hard, let God do a little plowing to make it soft and ready to apply what you have received.

Have a God Day!