Luke 8:4-15 KJV
“And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
v.8-He cried not cried out.
I. God’s love is impartial
Who are we to judge how someone will respond to the gospel? Even if I do not think they will respond my responsibility is to sow the seed.
II. God’s word is the seed
It was never the seed’s fault when it didn’t grow but that which was around it. If the seed (word of God) is not growing in your life, you need to check your soil. We live in a day of divided focus. What are you sowing? If there is no word growing in your life are you sowing word? Or world? You teach what you know and you reproduce what you are.
III. Our life is the soil
The Pharisees only had relationships with each other. The only way to combat religion is through relationships. If the soil isn’t prepared then something will grow, but there isn’t a big demand for weeds in the kingdom of God. What are you doing to till up your soil?
Psalm 37:4 KJV
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Delight means pliable, bendable, soft.
IV. God’s grace is what makes it grow
God’s grace is the only thing that makes the seed of His word grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6 KJV
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
Our expectation should be in God not people.
V. The harvest is up to you
Matthew 9:37-38 KJV
“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Don’t leave the harvest out there too long!