His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.” (Luke 8:9-10)
Through research, psychologist John Gottman established the perfect praise to criticism ratio of 5:1 in marriage. It’s also true in the workplace or among family and friends. Humans are offended by negative comments unless they’re given in love.
Be honest. Have you ever noticed the above scripture in quotes before? If your answer is, “No,” Jesus didn’t want you to understand the parable’s deeper meaning. Without digging deeper, we think the parable of the soils is about receiving God’s love to become good soil. Then we grow a good crop by passing on God’s love to others. He wants us to take in this positive message first.
God wants us to see only the depth of His love when we are children or new believers; it’s all we’re ready for. When we want to become disciples, we dig into the word to discover its deeper meaning. The parable of the soils also has the stinging message we have rocks and thorns embedded in our hearts we need to expel. We need to change to become disciples.
Dearest Father in Heaven, thank you for giving me love so great You sacrificed Your only Son. Help me change to be the best possible disciple. Continue to spread seed on me so I can flourish for you. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.