Read Mark 4 today.

This chapter includes Jesus’ parable of the sower.
The the characteristic of the soil determined what would happen to the seed down in it. In the same way, our characteristics determine what will happen when the word of God is shared with us. Are we more like a hard footpath or like fertile soil? We often answer a question like that based on what we would like the answer to be. But what about the fruit? Take a few minutes to read Jesus’ explanation of the parable again. Which response or combination of responses describes you best? What adjustments might you seek?
God, I pray You will help me become more fertile soil. May I listen and receive Your word, and may I respond with faithfulness. Amen.
Mark 4:2-9 NLT
He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: [3] “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. [4] As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. [5] Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. [6] But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. [7] Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. [8] Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” [9] Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”