Reading: Luke 8:4-8
And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
We read today the well known parable of the Sower, knowing that in the next verses the Lord Jesus is going to explain its meaning (to his disciples). But many of those who heard it were not in a position to understand.
Why did Jesus speak in parables? Parables are simple ways of expressing profound truths. Simple truths for the mind, but profound for the heart.
The Kingdom of God must be understood with thought, but it is not enough to “understand” it. The Gospel transforms our heart (understanding by this the center of our being: our worldview, our affections, our desires).
The Kingdom of God is a madness and a mystery for all, except for those to whom God opens the ears and eyes to understand the wonder of His Grace.
When we hear the Word of God, it is sown in our hearts. And it is God Himself, the Holy Spirit, who prepares the soil, who makes it fertile, who waters it, who makes that seed grow.
MEDITATE: What gratitude to recognize that if we have heard His call, it is precisely because He called us and opened our ears to listen to His voice! Have you heard His voice today?