Luke 8:11 NIV “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.”
In speaking concerning being God’s garden, Jesus gives a narrative of a sower who sowed in his field and describes four different types of grounds upon which the seed fell (Luk.8:1-15). These four different grounds are representatives of the state of our hearts as we receive the seeds of God’s word to be planted in our hearts.
If we are to prosper and be all that God has redeemed us for, we must be like the category of people who “…with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luk.8:15). As a daily practice we ought to retain the Word of God, as we do so it builds faith in our hearts. We become more confident in the working of God’s spirit within us. Those who produce results from the word of God also persevere.
In listening to the parable of Jesus He highlights that once the seed of God’s word is planted, “affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake” (Mk.4:17). Difficulties would come to test the roots of the word planted in you. As a co-laborer together with God you have the responsibility to stand your ground believing, and confessing what God’s Word has said. This is why it is important to retain the word in your heart. You stay with it and base your action, decisions and reaction on what God’s word says, rather than on what you feel in the moment.
Scriptures to Meditate: 2 Cor.9:6, Gal.6:7, Eccl.6:7, Prov.8:3, Gen.8:22, Joh.8:30-32, Jam.1:22-25