The Parable of the Sower (St. Matthew 13:1-23) is one of the masterpieces which Jesus told to confront us with the issue of determiing how receptive we are to His Word. Most of us will recall the parable from our childhood days. A sower went forth to sow. As he sowed, his seed fell on different kinds of soil: way side soil, stony soil, thorny soil, good ground.
The point of this parable is that all of us do not have the same receptivity to hearing and doing God’s Word. The reason is that there are other issues going on in our lives that prevent us from allowing the Word to take root in us. Most of us would be quick to say that we are receptive to the Word. But when we look at the fruit that comes from our lives, we cannot help but recognize that we are being disingenuous. That’s the punch line in the parable. Jesus says that the seed (the Word) that fell on good ground yielded fruit; some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
It may be that our lives are not producing any fruit because we are not as receptive to the Word of God as we think we are. Some of us are content to hear the Word, but we don’t act on it. Some of us are too worldly. We come to church, but we still love to live a worldly lifestyle. Whatever the reason, we must examine ourselves to see why it is that our lives are not bearing any fruit.
This is a difficult task. The most challenging undertaking in life is to be honest with ourselves. We can’t look critically at ourselves and be honest about our true motives. In this parable, Jesus challenges us to do just that. Until we take the time to look within ourselves, we will not grow and produce fruit. We will simply continue to go through the motions; living a fruitless life, and fooling nobody except ourselves. God is willing to clear our lives of whatever is stopping us from receiving His Word in order to be a fruitful servant. Prayer, repentance, and surrendering to His will is the key.
Allow the Word to do its work through you and see what a difference it will make in your life.