In the parable of the sower (Matt 13:1-9), Jesus describes the way we respond to God's word in agricultural terms. In Matthew 13:18-23, he explains that the parable identifies four basic responses.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
- The path (v19) is the non-starter, the person who never "gets it": Clueless Craig
- The thorny ground (v22) is a person with depth but without radical commitment: Polytheistic Pamela
- The good soil (v23) is the person who hears, has passion, depth and singleminded devotion: Faithful Francis.
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