In Mark the 4th chapter, Jesus is teaching his disciples on the parable of the sower. In this parable Jesus speaks of four types of ground and the fruit or lack of fruit that is produced in each one and in verse 9 he says something that is very interesting. “And he said to them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear.” NKJV He spoke this to them indicating their need to hear or listen with the intent of examining their own selves to evaluate the condition of their “ground”. In other words they were to check the condition of their hearts and their receptiveness to receive the Word of God. He did this because Luke 8: 11 tells us that “…the seed is the Word of God” and the type of ground one plants seed in can make all the difference as to the amount of harvest that is brought forth.
Jesus speaks in the parable of wayside, stony, thorny and good ground and of these four only the good ground produced fruit and that at 30, 60 or 100 fold. On the wayside ground the enemy comes and snatches away the Word that was sown. When the seed is pulled from the ground that it was planted in, of course, no fruit will ever be produced. On the stony ground the Word was received with gladness but when trouble arises because of the Word, these are offended the harvest is lost. On the thorny ground the Word is received and fruit begins to be produced but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lust for other things enter in and it chokes the Word and no fruit is brought to maturity. But on the good ground, the Word of God is received and out of an honest and good heart they hear the Word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience and now the harvest is able to come 30, 60 and even 100 times over what was sown. Praise God!
In closing let me ask this question. What kind of ground are we? Is my heart open to receive God’s Word and let the seed of the Word go down into the soil of my heart and produce all that God has placed within the seed. My prayer is that we all examine ourselves so that we would be good ground producing much fruit!