Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. … But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:8 & 8:15)
In The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, a post-apocalyptic book, Lauren grows up in a privileged community behind gates. Her family becomes aware of the effects of the apocalypse outside their gates when Lauren’s brother, Marc, is abducted into the slave trade. Marc becomes an evangelical Christian. After his rescue he is a good man within the Christian world but ignores his sister’s needs because she isn’t Christian. When Lauren meets Jesus, her empathetic heart loves all, changing the world one person at a time.
After understanding the parable of the soils, we cringe at identified rocks or thorns that can be removed from our hearts. So I was surprised how many commentaries say this parable is about being saved – that only people with hearts absent of all rocks and thorns will make it to heaven. In The Parable of the Sower, Marc has rocks and thorns in his heart because of his tremendous hurt. Though he and Lauren are at different levels of maturity in their Christian walks, they are both deeply loved by God.
Father God, I’ve been hurt in life, so I come to you for help removing the rocks and thorns in my heart. Help me hear your word with a heart planted in good soil so I can do your work effectively. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.