HOST: Michael Whitworth
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
As Jesus looked over this great crowd that had gathered to hear Him teach, He saw their hearts and knew them. They had come to Him from different backgrounds and for different reasons. Jesus told this parable to describe them and the conditions of their hearts. Some had hearts that were hard and impenetrable by the seed of God's word. Others had hearts that were shallow and did not allow the word to take root. Still others had hearts that were filled with cares and desires that choked out the truth of God's word. Then there were the fertile hearts—those that were soft and accepting of God's word; those that offered an environment that nurtured its truths and encouraged growth. It was this heart that Jesus desired His hearers to have, and it is this same heart that God still desires for us today. What kind of heart do you have? May God help us to have a heart that is open and accepting to the truth of God's word.
What are some of the things that cause hearts to be infertile today?
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