Summary: Where does the Word of God fall in our life?
Jesus made use of parables to get across some of his greatest lessons. The parable of the sower contains a message for the church and for each one of here tonight.
I. The Sower
b. All who teach the truth
iv. Anyone and everyone
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
II. The Seed – the Word of God (v. 14)
a. The Word of God is living and has tremendous vitality (Matt. 13:38)
“And the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one.”
b. The Word of God is truth
c. The Word of God makes faith possible (Romans. 10:17)
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
d. The Word of God is used by the Holy Spirit in producing the new birth
III. The Soil
a. The condition of the soil at planting time largely determines the harvest.
i. This truth can greatly encourage the Christian worker who has become discouraged because of the unresponsiveness of those to whom he seeks to witness.
ii. By this parable, our Lord was teaching us that people were not always responsive to Him.
iii. If we look at this parable mathematically, it is possible that only 25 percent responded genuinely.
iv. There are many different responses to the Word of God taught in the classroom today, proclaimed from the pulpit, and whispered from one heart to another.
b. Someone has seen in the four types of soil four conditions of heart: deceived, demonstrative, distracted, and discerning.
i. Wayside hearers – deceived hearts
1. Some hearts are hard and unreceptive and do not have any intention of receiving the Word of God.
2. Many deceive themselves into believing that they do not need Christ.
3. Some deceive themselves into thinking that Christian commitment is unimportant.
4. Other hearts are indifferent. The gospel is not permitted to enter the mind or conscience.
5. Some neither believe nor disbelieve.
a. They merely ignore it.
b. There people hear the Word of God but let the Devil snatch it away before it has an opportunity to germinate and grow.
ii. Stony ground hearts – demonstrative
1. There any many who receive the seed of God’s truth in a superficial manner
a. They make a sentimental emotional response
2. The moral nature is not affected.
3. The intellect and will remain unchanged
4. Many are attracted to Christ but never let his teaching get beyond the surface or circumference of their lives.
a. The shallowness of their response becomes painfully evident in a time when moral discrimination or courage is required.
iii. The occupied heart – distracted
1. Some of the seed fell on soil that was already occupied by thorny plants.
a. The seed here did not have much of a chance.