The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
– Mark 4:14-20 NLT (emphasis added)
I read this a while back and couldn’t help but wonder if it was on purpose that there was no urgency for only the good soil, because a relationship with God takes time.
On the footpath, Satan came at once.
On the rocky soil, the message was received immediately and dismissed as soon as there were problems.
On the thorns, it was all too quickly crowded out.
But on the good soil, the word was heard. It was accepted. And it produced a harvest.
I’ve been a believer my whole life, and I still need the constant correction and help from the Lord. It’s still a process. I still have to pray for my heart to be wholly His, and still have to choose to hear and accept his Word. And while I don’t know too much about planting and harvesting, I would think a farmer would want to continually plant seed in good soil. It may be exciting to see God produce a harvest through our lives, but it doesn’t end there. We may be sent through the process again and again: hearing, accepting, producing. Hearing, accepting, producing… and over time, we’ll grow closer and closer to the ultimate Harvester himself.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.