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Fertile Seeds That Bring Forth Fruit -Thirtyfold!!

Matthew 13:3-9 Behold, a Sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 This parable speaks to the various ways in which people receive the teachings of Christ. The seeds represent the Word of God, and the different types of soil symbolize the diversity of responses to spiritual truth. The path, rocky ground, thorny soil, and good earth each offer a unique lesson on the challenges and triumphs of faith.

In our daily lives, we seek guidance and wisdom that can only be found in the quiet contemplation and power of the LORD. The scriptures offer a continuous stream of light in this quest, and the Parable of the Sower is particularly poignant in its simplicity and depth.

Before delving into the moral of the parable, let us consider additional scriptures that reinforce the importance of a contrite and true receptive heart in Christianity.

James 1:22-25But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

This passage from James emphasizes the need for action in response to the Word. It is not enough to simply listen; one must also apply the teachings to one’s life. Instead, it’s how do we apply this to our current life and how do we reinforce it on a daily basis.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Here, Timothy is encouraged to be diligent in his study of the scriptures, to understand and rightly apply the Word of truth. All of these verses highlight the active role we must take in our spiritual lives. It is through studying, contemplating, reflecting, understanding, and living the Word so that we become fertile soil for God’s teachings. The scriptures are not just to be read but to be lived, reflected in every action and decision we make.

The Moral

The moral of the Parable of the Sower is a call to introspection and action. We are reminded that our hearts must be prepared to receive, nurture, and act upon the Word of God. It is a challenge to be vigilant and proactive in our spiritual growth, ensuring that we are not merely passive recipients but active participants in the faith.

Matthew 13:3-9, speaks volumes about the human condition and our response to the divine message. It is a clear metaphor for the dissemination of God’s Word and the varied conditions of the human heart.

The moral of this parable is clear: the state of our hearts directly influences our spiritual growth. Like the good soil, a heart that is open, receptive, and nurtured will bear abundant fruit, thirtyfold!  However, a heart hardened by cynicism, shallow by lack of depth, or preoccupied with worldly concerns will struggle to retain the divine message. And perhaps wither away completely.

Reflection & questions to ask yourself.

  1. Which type of soil do I most identify with in my current spiritual journey?
  2. What steps can I take to cultivate a heart that is more receptive to the Word?
  3. How can I ensure that the busyness of life does not choke out the spiritual truths I have learned?

May we deepen our inherent and full understanding of our Christian faith and may the LORD’s voice inspire us to cultivate a heart that is fertile ground for His Word. May it encourage you to reflect on your spiritual journey and take steps towards a more fruitful relationship with the LORD.

“Heavenly Father, we come before You with hearts yearning for understanding and growth. May Your Word, like seeds on fertile soil, take root in our lives and produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. Help us to be vigilant gardeners of our souls, tending to the soil with prayer, reflection, and action. Grant us the wisdom to discern Your voice amid the noise of the world and the strength to follow Your path steadfastly. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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