Luke 8:15 NIV “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.”
Jesus in teaching His disciples the meaning of the parable of the sower, made reference to four categories of people who hear the Word. The first are the forgetful hearers who also lack understanding of the Word. The second are those “who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while and in times of testing they fall away.” The third category are 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.” Finally there are those who hear the Word and produce fruit in increasing measures.
If we pay close attention to Jesus’ words, we must ask what the differences are in these categories of people? This should also cause us to reflect on why some do not see results in life as promised in the Word? As we study the parable, it is evident from Jesus’ discourse that the one constant was the Word of God. It was the same “seed” scattered (Luk.8:5,11). The category of people that produced fruit did what the others were lacking in. Jesus summarizes these that produce as being of a good and noble heart, retaining the Word, and persevering. However, we can look more intently to learn more.
Firstly those that produced heard and retained the Word. You should develop a love and hunger for God’s Word that pushes you to memorize Scripture. Secondly they received the Word with joy and constantly meditated on it. It’s not enough to just memorize God’s Word, you must think deeply on it, and recite it often. As you do this, the Holy Spirit expounds on the heart of God, giving you deeper understanding. When trial comes, you can hold on to your faith in God’s Word because you have understanding. Finally those that produce don’t focus on what their senses tell them. They understand the Word of God to be a higher and superior reality, therefore, in the midst of hardship they persevere. For you to be successful, let these be your attitude to God’s Word.
Scriptures to Meditate: Ps.40:8; 119:11, Luk.2:19, Job 23:12, Jer.15:16, Matt.7:24-25