The receptive heart receives Jesus and responds by sowing the seeds of the gospel. This is where the whole Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:1-20 goes. Jesus is asking you where your heart is. Will you joyfully receive and welcome the gospel of His kingdom. And will you respond by going out and sowing the seeds of His gospel in your world? Why is Jesus sharing this parable with His followers? He’s not only asking them to evaluate their own hearts, but He’s also training them to recognize the hearts they’ll encounter as they sow the seeds of the gospel themselves. And implicit is the reality that servant-hearted, kingdom-minded people are constantly sowing the seeds of the gospel in our world.
When I was in college, I took a class called “Soil Science” (yes… soil science). As a part of the curriculum, we learned to do soil analysis. We learned how to evaluate the health of a soil and how to identify what needed to be changed to restore health to the soil. We understood the quality of the soil determines the quality of the crop. Think specifically about a person in your life who needs Jesus. What’s the soil condition of their heart? Where are they looking for salvation? Pray for that person? Pray for the “soil preparation.” Ask Jesus for insight and wisdom on how to sow the seed of His gospel and His kingdom into their life. And then go sow that seed. Share the gospel with them. And when we respond to Jesus in this way, we’ve got those hearts of good soil, a life that is servant-hearted and kingdom-minded. We have a heart that receives the seed of Jesus great gospel… a heart that bears a beautiful and bountiful crop for His kingdom.