On Hearing

This week we are looking at the parable of the sower found in Mark 4, Luke 8 and Matthew 13. But before we get into the story let me take a minute to remind us of a fundamental truth which will guide us in this parable.
Paul says in Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” We understand before we can exercise faith in Jesus Christ as our savior we have to hear the truth of the message of the gospel.
At the end of the parable of the sower found in Luke Jesus says these words:
18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
Luke 8:18
Remember that we enter into the kingdom of God through faith. Jesus told Nicodemus “you must be born again or you will not see the kingdom.” We are born again by faith in Jesus Christ and that comes by hearing.
So Jesus says, “Take care then how you hear.” That is what this parable is all about… it’s about how we hear.
Matthew 13:3-9
3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
How do we hear the gospel? When you sow the seeds of truth to others, how do they hear? Jesus says there are four soils: four ways in which people hear the truth. These are not four types of people, but these are four ways of dealing with the truth of the kingdom.
Why is this important? Because unlike all other kingdoms, the kingdom of God comes by hearing. And when the seed of truth is understood and believed the kingdom grows. Not by force, not by coercion or not even by the majority rule of the democratic process… but by hearing and believing. And when Jesus wants to covey this to us he does it with a parable.
Prayer: Open my eyes to the truth of this parable and allow me to apply it to my own understanding of how I hear the gospel.