18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Earlier in the week we read about Jesus and the parable of the Sower.  Today Jesus hand delivers exactly what he meant when he told the Parable.  It does however makes me wonder what kind of life am I living?  Which of the pathways am I on?  Obviously we would all like to think that we are the good soil and that we both hear and understand the word of God.  I am just not sure if going to Church once a week constitutes understanding the teachings of God.

Growing up my father woke up every morning and read the bible.  He did this from the time I was in third grade till the day that he passed.  I always wondered why.  Certainly he had read it cover to cover and why would you want to keep reading the same thing.  After reading this passage, I think I now know why.  He is someone that could be referred as good soil.

Harold Arnold