“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
12 “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.
13 “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
15 “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” Luke 8:11–15 (NAS)
Some observations about this important and often debated “Parable of the Sower.” Luke 8:4-15
Since it’s meaning did not leap out to the disciples, Jesus explained it to them. His explanation is the definitive commentary on the parable. Our tendency is to rush to get someone else’s take on this, when the Lord himself has already provided it.
Only in the last soil type described is there persistent and perpetual growth, i.e, fruit bearing. This begs the question, can true salvation be stolen, wither away, or be choked out? If so, what kind of salvation is that?
Yes, all these impediments to growth must be removed like weeds, but by whom? In the case of a true Christian, the Holy Spirit does these things with time, operating within “an honest and good heart,” that is, in “good soil.”
All farming is at the mercy of God. Only he can make something grow. The Lord prepares the heart of the hearer to understand and receive his word unto salvation. From there on out, he tends his field.
Looking back, I did nothing in my salvation except to accept a free gift by faith. While there have been rocky times and temptations from the flesh and world, I’ve been able to break free using the power and resolve that’s within me, in all cases spawned by the Word of God, enacted by the Spirit of God.