Hey Clemson FCA! We had another great FCA last Thursday night in the amphitheater. We had the privilege of hearing from Stuart Fuller from Radius Church.
Stuart shared with us the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-9. In this parable, Jesus describes four different types of soil.
The first seed is the seed that fell along the path and was never planted but was eaten by birds. This soil is known as understanding. This is when someone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it. In Matthew 13:19 Jesus explains, “When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.”
The second seed fell on rocky ground and had very little soil to grow. This soil is known as fear. In Matthew 13: 20-21 Jesus says, “and the one sown on rocky ground - this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root and is short-lived. When distress or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away.” This is when difficult things come, our fear raises up, and we abandon the truth of the gospel.
The third seed fell in the thorns and the thorns came up, they choked the seed. This soil is known as desire. In Matthew 13:22 Jesus says, “now the one sown among the thorns – this is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” These vines remain in your soil and a part of your landscape, you want God, but you also desire something else. For God to do what we want him to do in our life, we have to give Him everything.
The fourth seed fell on good ground and produced good fruit. In Matthew 13:23 Jesus says, “but the one sown on the good ground – this is the one who hears and understands the word, who does produce fruit and yields: some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown.” This is when we give our whole heart to God and are planted firmly in Him.
What soil are you? What soil do you want to be?