13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
A seed determines what a farmer can plant. A farmer who has a lagoon in which to produce a crop, cannot grow fig trees because the seeds will not germinate under those conditions. The farmer will have to grow rice or another crop whose seed will bring forth fruit under those conditions if he wishes to have a fruitful harvest.
In the same way when God reveals his word unto us the word needs certain conditions in order for it to grow. Sometimes we believe that we can force the seed to grow in conditions unintended for its growth. These methods may seem to work at first but in the end the plant would die or not bear fruit.
Recently I tried to germinate apple trees in the same way I would a bean plant (using tissue and water in a cup). None of the seeds grew. The seed was saying to me that I cannot grow here. Although I watered it and gave it sunlight, the conditions in which I was trying to bring forth fruit from the seed were not the conditions the seed required to grow.
Sometimes as believers we try to do the same thing. We receive the word of God and instead of accepting it and acting in Faith and being obedient to it we try to force it to manifest itself in our lives without changing the conditions for its growth. We sometimes look for a “short-cut” and in doing so deprive ourselves of or delay our intended blessing.
Let us allow the word of God to manifest itself in our lives by being fertile. Act in faith and remove those things, situations, habits and people that hinder our spiritual growth. In order to reach where we are going we need to choose our path now in faith. Faith does not work in the past or the future it works RIGHT NOW. So let us examine ourselves and make those necessary decisions to allow us to become fertile soil in which a seed can grow.