By: Zach Collins
I don’t know much about gardening, but I do understand seed principle. Seed principle is simple. Whatever seed the sower sows, that is the seed that will grow. Right?
In Luke 8, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. Sometimes, this parable is referred to as the ‘parable of the soils’. A parable is a story with two meanings. Jesus used this method, throughout the Bible, to get His message across. On the surface, it is like any other story. Yet, the symbols within the stories have deeper meanings. These deeper meanings often apply to our Christianity, or our Faith, in some form or fashion. In this parable, Jesus tells of the various ways that hearts will receive his Word. Starting in verse 5, Jesus begins by saying, “A sower went out to sow.” This sower did not go and sow individual seeds, in perfect little rows, as we do in our gardens. These sowers sowed their seed with a method that was akin to throwing. They would take large amounts of seed and scatter it across the designated area. This method was more productive to the needs of the sower. But, no matter where the seed was, the seed would still attempt to grow within the soil. Seed principle is simple. Whatever seed the sower sows, that is the seed that will grow. Right?
Continuing in Luke 8:5, Jesus says, “some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot…” Some seed landed on soil that would get trampled by feet or eaten by birds. The seed couldn’t survive along this path of soil. It lacked the ability to grow. Jesus said, some hearts are like this. And some of the seed would land on soil that looked good, but that soil was shallow. Beneath the soil existed a small portion of rock. The seed would sprout, and begin to grow, but after it hit the rock the seed could not survive within this soil. Jesus said, some hearts are like this. What is the biggest threat to a garden? The answer: Weeds. Jesus says some of the seed would land among the thorny ground, or the weeds, and those weeds would grow up and choke the seed. Jesus said, some hearts are like this. Seed principle is simple. Whatever seed the sower sows, that is the seed that will grow. If I plant a zinnia seed, I can expect a zinnia flower. Right? If I plant a pumpkin seed, I can expect a pumpkin. Right? Seed principle is simple. But, there is something else we are overlooking. Since this chapter of verse contains a parable, and a parable has deeper meanings, what is the deeper meaning within this parable? Look to verse 11. In verse 11, Jesus says, “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” Interesting. This verse gives the parable an entirely different meaning. You have the soil who hears but does not believe. Their seed was trampled or eaten. Maybe they lost faith within their seed. Nevertheless, because of their lack of Faith, they were unable to do anything with their seed. You have the soil who developed no root. The root being a symbol for a particular feebleness within their Faith. As a result, they withered away, or fell away from Christ, because the seed could not withstand the overpowering strength of temptation. You have the soil who fell into the weeds. This seed believed, developed a root for their seed, but let the pleasures of life keep their spiritual fruit from maturing. This soil lost sight of the eternal goal for impermanent pleasures. Then, you have the final type of soil. The seed that was sown within good soil. Later in Luke 8, Jesus says, “And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold…” Yet, the explanation for this verse, in vs. 15, clarifies the double-meaning to this verse. In Luke 8:15, Jesus says, “As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” This is the soil that we should strive to be as Christians. We should hold fast the seed of God through trials and tribulations in life. Most of all, we should take the seed, use our good soil, and bear more fruit through the seed, yielding a hundredfold.
I don’t know much about gardening, but I do understand seed principle. Seed principle is simple. If the seed of God was planted in good soil, that is the seed that sprouted. Right? But, this soil is different from other soil. After it sprouted within the good soil, this plant became the sower. The sower that went throughout the garden to replant the erring seed within good soil. This soil sought the seed who had no root and replanted it within good soil. This soil sought the seed in the weeds, replanted it in soil without weeds, so the seed could grow and mature. This soil planted more seed within their soil, through the word of God, yielding a hundredfold. That is the soil that I want to be. After all, we are not bound to a particular soil within this parable. Even though we might find ourselves in the place of one of these soils from time to time, we choose our soil. You are not assigned a soil. You choose the identity of your soil, just as you choose the soil where you sow your seed. I guess the question is, what soil are you?