Please read through this scripture, slowly, if you have read it a hundred times before don't skip over it, read each word, don't draw any conclusion about it, don't think about all the sermons you have heard on this passage... just read it
And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 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. (Luke 8:4-15 ESV)
Now please thoughtfully think about and answer these questions:
What strikes you? What jumped out at you? Go back and read that part again... Why do you think it's jumping out you? What is significant about that part? How does it relate to your life? What could God be saying to you through it?
This is what jumped out at me (I even highlighted it in pink):
And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. (Luke 8:14 ESV)
Am I good soil? It's doubtful... I think I'm pretty rocky, I let the desires and cares of this world choke me!! What can I do? Ask the Gardner to come and do some gardening, remove those rocks (and foxes) so that my fruit can mature...
Right ok, Jesus you are the Gardner, please help me and come work in my mind and soul, I know you have and are, so thank you for all the work you have already done, I am trusting that you will continue to work in/on me Amen