Luke 8:11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
Jesus teaches His disciples one of the great kingdom principles. It’s the parable of the seed. The seed is the Word of God. When you believe God’s Word, it is powerful and will accomplish everything it has been declared to accomplish. There is nothing too small or too great for the Word of God. The universe, the earth and everything within it were created by the Word of God.
In Luke chapter 8, Jesus teaches the parable of the seed explaining the importance of retaining the Word of God in our life. He explains why people struggle to believe in God, trust Him or become fruitful:
Vs 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
- These people have cynical heart attitudes against God or the church, formed over time, which cause the Word of God to be stolen from their heart and not received.
Vs 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
- These people have not spent the time allowing the Word of God to be established in their heart. They have a shallow heart and easily fall away when trouble and persecution comes.
Vs 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
- These people are receiving the Word of God but it never produces fruit because they are preoccupied with worldly and personal self-interests. Their primary focus remains on life’s issues, attending to worries, pursuing riches, and entertaining pleasures.
Vs 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
It’s the people whose hearts are described as ‘good soil’ and ‘persevere’ through trials and trouble, they are the ones who receive the harvest.
These people prioritize church attendance, fellowship, Bible reading, prayer, and tithing. They uproot issues of the heart like unforgiveness, worry, self-interest, and fear. They establish Christ-like qualities – humility, generosity, servant-hood, faithfulness and the garden of their heart flourishes!
Understand that your inner world, your heart will only grow when it receives the watering of the Word and the Spirit. If it does not receive these daily, your heart will become dry, lifeless, hardened and eventually a wasteland. But when you receive God’s Word and His Spirit daily, a beautiful, flourishing garden grows!