“A sower went out to sow his seed.
And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot,
and the birds of the air devoured it.
And some fell on the rock,
and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it.
And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.”
As he said these things, he called out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
“And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,
he said, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God,
but for others they are in parables,
so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
The ones along the path are those who have heard;
then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts
so that they may not believe and be saved.
And the ones on the rock are those who,
when they hear the word, receive it with joy.
But these have no root; they believe for a while,
and in time of testing fall away.
And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear,
but as they go on their way
they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life,
and their fruit does not mature.
As for that in the good soil, they are those who,
hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”
“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,
but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
“But what fruit were you getting at that time
from the things of which you are now ashamed?
For the end of those things is death.”
Jesus lived perfect as our replacement, in life, in death, that we may live.
“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar
or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand,
so that those who enter may see the light.”
Lord, set us apart.
Use us for Your Kingdom
to bear good fruit
that no seed be lost,
least of all those planted in us.
InJesus’ Name, Amen.