When Jesus told this parable, He ended it with "He who has ears to ear, let him hear."
Why did He do this? Wasn't He supposedly some great teacher? He was and that was the genius of what He said. Only those who really wanted to know would pursue what He really meant. Those who were following Jesus just to follow Jesus wouldn't take it much further.
So, the first question we should all answer about ourselves:
- Am I willing to pursue God enough to hear what He is really saying?
But even if I do pursue what God is telling me,
- Am I willing to do what He tells me to do? Forsake all others, follow Him only, let my "self" die so that I only care about Him?
In order to be a good soil, we have to have soft hearts, we have to let His word sink deep into our hearts where it can grow and produce a hundredfold.
A hundredfold what? Followers of Jesus. We will know if we have hearts of good soil if we are producing followers of Jesus simply by being a follower of Jesus. Am I living life in such a way that others can see Jesus is my all and everything and they want the same?
If not, why not? God alone can show you the answer to that. Seek Him out and pursue the answer.
The first thing Jesus said to His disciples was "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." This same charge has been given to us. We are to be made into fishers of men so others can be made into fishers of men. This is the purpose behind the Great Commission. We do this by living the Great Commandments. The Great Commandments are:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus Himself said all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments.
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