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Seed Sown on Rocky Ground

Luke 8:13

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Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

Luke 8:13 NIV

In the parable of the soils, Jesus described four different kinds of people and their responses to the gospel. Some reject it, some initially embrace it but fall away because of difficulties or the world’s appeal; in others, the seed grows and produces a harvest.

This verse describes seed sown on rocky ground. In the parable, rocky soil is more than ground with a bunch of rocks. It refers to a layer of rock with just a few inches of soil above it. When a seed falls on this soil, it will sprout quickly because the soil is warm. But its roots cannot penetrate deeply into the soil, and when it gets dry and hot, it will wither and die.

This soil describes a person who hears the good news about Jesus and joyfully accepts it. But they never put down roots, being content with a surface-level life as a Christian and not maturing to a place of fruitfulness. And when life becomes challenging, they fall away, abandoning faith in Christ for something more appealing.

Putting down deep roots in the faith will enable you to survive when the inevitable times of testing come. And it will ensure that you are fruitful in service to our Lord. Hide God’s word in your heart (Ps. 119:11). Spend time in prayer, getting to know God. Be an active part of a Christ-focused body of believers. And trust God in the little things so that you can have confidence in his provision when significant challenges come.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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