In this passage from Matthew we have Jesus giving another parable to the crowds, this time about a sower of seed/the word. Again, his disciples had a difficult time understanding what this parable meant and Jesus had to explain it to them, which he does in Matthew 13: 18-23.
According to the parable the seed that doesn’t bear fruit is compared to the person who hears the word about the kingdom of God but doesn’t get it. It isn’t understood because the evil one comes and takes away what is sown (the word), or because the root isn’t deep enough, or because the cares of the world choke it, in all these cases the seed/word yields nothing.
However, what is sown on good soil bears fruit. In the same manner when the word about the kingdom is heard and grasped it becomes embedded in a person’s heart and soul. We have the potential to be this good soil especially when we are actually engaged in our spiritual practices of prayer, Bible study, and reflection. When this is done, we are on the road to becoming a lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ and we can also bear fruit and share this message about God’s kingdom in this time and place.
Blessings on your spiritual pilgrimage as you allow this word to take a deep root in your inner being, which prevents it from being taken away, and where the cares of the world are put in their proper place in your life!
Prayer, Lord of all creation, please guide me to be good soil so that your word takes a strong root in me, and enables me to share the message of your kingdom with those whom I meet today! Amen. Vernon T.
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