As Jesus explains the parable of the Sower to the disciples He concludes with this startling fact; which is, the gospel will be mostly rejected, in this case 3/4 of the population rejected and as few as 1/4 of the people within the parable received. To be completely transparent I do not believe we have to be legalistic with the breakdown other than the clear point is the masses will reject the gospel and received by a few.
Let’s briefly look at the groups individually.
The seed on the hard path is immediately taken away by the evil one because there is no receptivity. This is explained in Matthew 13:19,20 – there are many today who are presented the love of God yet are not receptive to the truth.
The seed falling on the rocky places indicates shallow reception that does not last long enough for the seed to grow effectively. This is explained in Matthew 13:20,21
The third seed is among thorns refers to one who is receptive but whose life is choked up with “the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth” This is found in Matthew 13: 22 with the result that the seed is choked and does not bear fruit.
Lastly is the seed that is productive, it falls on good ground ( receptive heart ) where the gospel is understood, and it may produce fruit as much as a hundredfold Matthew 13:23
My point is this, the masses will not get it right. I am not saying this with some kind of mean streak. I would desire all men to be saved. Even Jesus is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. We learn however from this and other scriptures, the masses will reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, this rejection does not change the reality “The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Jesus has come, and He has given all the invitation to come to Him.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30
Notice how the invitation which comes from Jesus is given to you an individual. You as an individual must call upon Jesus for your own forgiveness first. Once you do call out you must know that following Jesus will be a bit like swimming up stream, and against the flow. But know this it is worth it. The bottom line is this…You can follow the masses or you can follow Jesus but you can’t follow both.
I would like to close with an invitation to follow Jesus. To be that last seed in the parable. To say to Jesus I want my relationship with you to be real and fruitful.
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