For the past four weeks at my church I’ve been teaching the children about the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. Jesus tells the story about a farmer who sowed (planted) seed. Some seeds fell along the path and the birds ate them up. Some fell on rocky places where there wasn’t much soil, so even though a little plant started to grow, it quickly dried up since it didn’t have roots. Some of the seed fell among thorns, which choked the plants. Lastly, some seed actually fell in good soil and produced a great harvest 30, 60, and 100x what was planted in the first place.
Jesus goes on to explain that the seed is the Word of God and the soil is our hearts.
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
The thing with the seed and our hearts is that it isn’t just limited to scriptures and faith. Your heart is a breeding ground for anything that you hear or see. Anything that you keep planting in your heart through your eyes or ears has the potential to produce after its own kind. People who understand the power of words try to watch their confession, to say the right things and avoid saying things that do not line up with what they want to produce. However your mouth will speak what your heart believes, and your mouth will produce what your heart believes. Instead of focusing on what is coming out of your mouth, focus on the seed you are sowing into your heart. Good seed will produce good fruit, all by itself. Just like in actual farming, you may not see the harvest spring up right away – but that only means the roots are going deep. Watch what you are sowing along with that good seed – doubt, unbelief, fear, impatience, sin, etc – all of which could choke out the seed before it has a chance to produce.
Overall, if you want a good harvest, never stop sowing the good seeds. Sow less and less of the bad ones. Keep your heart teachable. Before you know it, you will produce a great harvest.