Which Soil Are You? – Matthew 13:1-30

Reflection from my reading in Matthew 13:1-30 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

 Surrounded by such a huge crowd that he had to get into a boat, Jesus tells one of the most famous and powerful parables of his ministry.

Parable in Summary

A farmer scatters seed in four places. Here are the results.

  1. Path – Eaten By Birds
  2. Shallow Rocky Soil – Quickly sprouted then died
  3. Thorns – Choked out
  4. Good Soil – Grew strong and produced a lot of crop!

Fortunately for us, later behind the scenes Jesus gives his 12 apostles the meaning of the parable.

Path People

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.” Matthew 13:19

Path people are people who hear the message but don’t understand it. Before it has a chance to take root, it is stolen from them by the devil.

Shallow People

As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” Matthew 13:20–21

The rocky shallow people are those who hear the message and get really excited but don’t actually ground themselves in Christ. They don’t take the effort to be solidly rooted. Because of this, at the first sign of trouble they fall away.

Thorny People 

“As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22

Thorny people care too much about the worries of this world. They are too busy chasing riches and the cares of the world that they are distracted from really following Jesus and thus from bearing fruit.

Good Soil People

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:23

Good soil people understand God’s word and obey it. They are used by God to help others know him and do much good in their lives. They not only add value to the world around them but multiply themselves by helping others know Christ and walk with Him.

Which soil are you currently? 

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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