Published on 15 October 2011
PARABOLA SEMANATORULUI ( THE PARABLE OF THE 4 SOILS)( Luke 8,4)
Why would a farmer allow precious seed to land on the path, on rocks, or among thorns? This is not an irresponsible farmer scattering seeds at random. He is using the acceptable method of hand-seeding a large field – tossing it by hands as he walks through the field. His goal is to get as much seed as possible to take root in the good soil, but there is inevitable waste as some falls or is blown into less productive areas. That some of the seed produced no crop was not the fault of the farmer or of the seed. It is our responsibility to spread the seed (God’s message), but we should not give up when some of our efforts fail. Remember, not every seed falls on good soil.
“Path” people, like many of the religious leaders, refused the message. “Rock” people believed the message but never got around to doing anything about it. “Thorn” people, overcome by worries and the lure of materialism, left no room in their lives for God. “Good” people followed Jesus no matter what the cost.
Which type of soil are you ?