“You then, hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one having been sown along the road. “The one sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. Yet he has no root himself but lasts only a short while; and when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. “But the one sown among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word; and the worries of the world and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. “Now the one sown on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands. He indeed bears fruit, yielding a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23
If you ever tried raising vegetables in the garden, you had the puzzling experience of different plants of the same variety producing different qualities of fruit when planted in the same soil. Perhaps a large rock is blocking the growth of the roots. Perhaps a poisonous chemical substance was accidentally spilled on the ground. Lots of things can render soil unsuitable for seed.
Yeshua identified soil of the heart is the primary variable of spiritual growth. If the soil is rocky or filled with weeds and brambles, the seed of the Words of God cannot spring up and bear fruit. But if the soil is “good,” then we “hear and understand” that and bring forth an abundant crop of spiritual fruit. Whose job is to make sure the soil the heart is “good,” prepared to receive Kingdom teaching? It is your responsibility to prepare your heart – to be the good soil! Whenever you are about to read the Bible or listen to the Biblical message, ask God to give you a heart of good soil.