Luke 8:4-8 (ESV) - 4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Two primary observations can be drawn from The Parable of the Sower. First, we can identify that God’s Word has the power to transform lives as nothing else can. Three of the four scenarios described how the seed that was sown produced initial growth. The seed that was sown into healthy soil produced a record crop - 30x, 60x, or even 100x what was sown! The second observation is that the enemy wants to rob you of the harvest that God’s word is intended to produce. One of the most effective ways to destroy a crop is to prevent the seed from ever taking root. There is nothing that the Devil would love more than to prevent the Word of God from taking root inside your heart because he knows how powerful it can be.
The power of the Gospel is not just about how it makes us feel the moment we hear it. It’s about the impact that it creates through us as it takes root and produces fruit.. The purpose of God’s Word is not to produce emotion in you, but supernatural change throughout your life. It’s meant not to produce hype; it’s meant to cultivate hope. We can be deceived into thinking that the Bible is full of tweetable phrases and affirmations that we treat like fortune cookies; it’s so much more than that! You, those around you, and those behind you need the fruit of the seed of God’s Word that’s inside you right now. God has an incredible harvest for you!
Lord, I thank you for the gift of your Word! I thank you for the wisdom, guidance, and direction that scripture provides. I’m sorry for the times and seasons that I’ve taken your word for granted, or rebelled against the loving correction scripture offers. Help me to take responsibility for the condition of my heart so that your word take root, and produce a harvest of blessing in my life! In Jesus name, Amen.