019: Four SoilsMatthew 13:3-8, 18-23 "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. … Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’"
What can we learn about making disciples from this parable?
- Like the farmer did not choose where to plant his seeds, we should not only pick those who look like "good soil", but we should share the gospel with everyone.
- There are different types of responses to the gospel and not all responses will be positive. Don't be surprised that not everyone accepts the gospel. We are not responsible for how people respond but only to keep sharing the gospel.
- The gospel will take root and grow in the some peoples' hearts, so the more people we share with the more people will choose to put their faith in Jesus.