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And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

English Standard Version. (2016). (Luke 8:4–8). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Why this is important: So, we have heard God. But something happens. It is not immediate but in fact subtly slow over time.

  • Life happens is what.
  • We go about our lives.
  • We worry about how we will take care of things.
  • Tomorrow is more important than what God is saying today.

We worry. We get consumed by making money. Our focus is on having fun. What we heard God say gets lost in all this other noise. The weeds of life choke and strangle the Word of Jesus.

  • May we seize God’s Word.
  • May we hold on no matter what.
  • May we stick with it until there’s a harvest.

This soil illustrates the person who does not repent and “weed out” the things that hinder the harvest. There is enough soil so the roots can go down, but not enough room for the plant to grow and produce fruit.

  • The plant is crowded out and the fruit is choked.
  • “Cares, riches, and the pleasures of this life” are like weeds in a garden that keep the soil from being fruitful.
  • The person with the “crowded heart” comes closest to salvation, but he still does not bring forth “fruit to perfection.”

Good news: God is good. He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit. We can see our faith grow as we learn from Jesus. We need to hang in there and not get discouraged.