“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
The parable of the sower seemed to be hard for the disciples to understand. In this parable, Jesus told how a sower went to sow seed, but some of the seed fell by the wayside, other seed fell on a rock, some seed fell among the thorns, and the rest of the seed fell on good ground. Because the disciples couldn’t discern what each ground symbolized, they asked Jesus for an explanation. Jesus’ explanation gives the answer as to what keeps Him from working in the heart of an individual.
The foundation of this whole parable is that the seed is the Word of God. You will find that God always works through His Word. This is why it is so important that every Christian, leader and church makes the Scriptures their foundation of action. God cannot work in anyone’s life without His Word. If you are not reading God’s Word, He cannot work through you. Oh, you may see things occasionally happen in your life, but you will miss the great opportunities God has designed for your life because you aren’t spending time in His Word. There are three things that keep God’s Word from making an impact on your life so that He can work through you.
First, you must be careful to follow all of God’s Word. The first seed fell by the wayside. In other words, be careful not to get a critical mindset of God’s Word that some of the Scriptures are not applicable for today. When you start pushing parts of the Scriptures to the wayside, you are keeping God from doing the works in your life that He desires to do. All of God’s Word is important for Him to do a work through you. That is why 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that “All scripture…is profitable.” Be careful not to limit God by pushing parts of the Scriptures to the wayside.
Second, take time to get rooted in God’s Word. Jesus said some of the seed never took root because it fell on the rock. You must be careful that you don’t rush what God is doing through your life. Many Christians want to go so fast for the LORD that they never take time to get rooted in God’s Word. It is just as important to get grounded in the Word as it is to serve the LORD. The Christian who never takes the time to get rooted in the Word will find that temptation will eventually pull them away from God. Getting rooted in the Word isn’t always exciting, but it is imperative if you want to keep the Christian life exciting. Without being rooted in the Word, you will find the excitement wane for God’s Word.
Third, be careful that life’s pleasures don’t keep you from God’s Word. The third seed fell among thorns, and the thorns choked God’s Word from taking root. Christian, there are plenty of thorns in this world that will pull your attention from God’s Word. Hobbies, finances, relationships, careers and more will pull you from God’s Word. Always remember that the pleasures of the world are temporal, but the joy of serving the LORD is eternal. Never get off-focus. Always stay focused on God’s Word. If you get entangled in the pleasures of life, they will eventually choke God’s ability to work through you.
The key to God working in your life is to keep God’s Word as the love of your life. Never let anything come between you and the Scriptures. When God’s Word takes root in your heart, you will find that the temptations and pleasures of the world will flee away. It is when God’s Word takes root in your heart that God can do His mighty works through you.