The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
In this story and in the next two stories, Jesus teaches them about being one of His followers (being a Christ-ian as they were later called). In this first story, Jesus told them that some people who hear about Him will choose to follow Him, but most people who hear won’t choose to follow Him for a variety of different reasons.
Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lamp stand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
In this illustration Jesus is encouraging His followers to live open lives – not to hide what they believe from others – but just to live it as it is, to tell it as it is, to let people see the difference following Jesus makes to their lives. This is how a Christian should live today, letting those around see that it is a natural part of their life and how it affects all of their life. They shouldn’t feel the need to hide their faith.
Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Jesus then went on to explain that those who follow Him here on earth, those who have gained Him in their lives, will be given even more in the life that is to come (after we die). Those who don’t follow Jesus, who don’t have Him in their life, will experience even the little they have (i.e life on this earth without Him) taken from them when they die and they will go somewhere to suffer, with even less.
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Jesus said that His followers are to sow seeds, seeds of truth, (telling people about Him and His gospel) even though they don’t know what the soil is like (they don’t know if people they tell will believe them and turn to Jesus). God will make some of the seed grow, meaning some of the truths they tell about Jesus will change people so they want to follow Him. They don’t need to worry about how God will change people and open their eyes to see the truth about Him – that is God’s business! They are simply not meant to hide what they know, and instead sow what they know, so that it can grow inside others who don’t know Jesus.
- Ask Jesus to help you to be one of the people that chooses to follow Him
- Ask Jesus to help you not to feel you need to hide from others that you believe there is a God
- Ask Jesus to help two of your friends to discover their need to follow Him