Today in my quiet time I was reading through Mark. I have to read through it a couple times for a class so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone and incorporate some of the reading into my quiet time.
Yes, this parable is quiet common, but when was the last time you really studied it and reflected upon which sower you are? I did today, and it was a reality check!
"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering his seed..." some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up
1. The seed that fell along the path? As soon as it fell on the path, the birds came and ate it. As soon as you hear the Word, does Satan come and take away the word that was sown in you? Do you allow your desires to run your life?
2. The seed that fell on a rocky place, without much soil? Like the seed sown on rocky places, you hear the Word and at once receive it with joy. But since you have no root, it only lasts a short time. Yes-it sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow, but when the sun came up the plants were scorched and they withered because they had no root. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, do you quickly fall away?
3. Or are you the seed that fell among thorns, which grew up and chocked on the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Do you hear the word, but because the worries of life, the deceitfulness of wealth and desires for other things come in and choke the word, become unfruitful?
4. Or are you planted in good soil? Which grows and produces a good crop, multiplying up to a hundred times? You hear the Word, accept it, and produce a crop greater than what was sown?
Mark 4:11 "The secret of the Kingdom of God has been given to YOU"