The seed is the Word of God.
The voice of God falls on human hearts like seeds scattered across a field. Some people hear that message, but the devil opposes the liberation that would come to them by believing. So he swoops in and steals the message from their hard hearts like birds stealing the seeds from the footpath.
Others receive the message enthusiastically, but their vitality is short-lived because the message cannot be deeply rooted in their shallow hearts. In the heat of temptation, their faith withers, like the seeds that sprouted in gravelly soil.
A third group hears the message, but as time passes, the daily anxieties, the pursuit of wealth, and life’s addicting delights outpace the growth of the message in their hearts. Even if the message blossoms and fruit begins to form, the fruit never fully matures because the thorns choke out the plants’ vitality.
But some people hear the message and let it take root deeply in receptive hearts made fertile by honesty and goodness. With patient dependability, they bear good fruit.
“The thing that made this ground good, in contrast with the three other types of ground, is not that it had more rocks, thorns, etc., but rather that it had less. Many times, we feel that we just don’t have what it takes to become fruitful, but the truth is that any of us can see God’s Word produce in our lives if we root out all the contrary things. Good ground doesn’t just happen; it has to be cultivated.”- awmi