The SOWER of the GOOD SEED and the FOUR SOILS (Matt 13:1-23)
When information and ideas are communicated (though it may be distorted by presentation “noises” from the communicator), all may hear the same message delivered but not receive the same meaning out of the message or make the same commitment even to the same meaning.
Communication or proclamation of the Word is usually met with four attitudes of the heart according to Jesus’ Parable of the Sower of the Good Seed. (Christ also followed it up with the Parable of the Two Sowers, The Good Sower of the Wheat Seed and The Bad Sower of the Tare Seed Matt 13:24-30 and then the Parable of the flourishing Mustard Seed Matt 13:31-32).
ROAD-SIDE HEART misunderstands and rejects the Word by ridicule, scoffing, doubt, criticism, scepticism, etc. And so forgets the Word and loses the Word to the Devil who snatches it away. APATHY.
STONY-SOIL HEART understands and receives the Word but by fear of tribulation and lack of resilience to persecution gives no root to the Word and loses the Word by fear of suffering and unwillingness to suffer for the Truth. APPREHENSION.
THORNY-SOIL HEART understands and receives the Word and gives root to the Word but bears no fruit, by cares (passion, pride, pomp) of life and riches (material fruits) and unwillingness to suffer any material loss for the Truth, lust and greed, seeking to merchandise the Truth. DISTRACTION.
GOOD-SOIL HEART not only understands and receives the Word but also gives root and bears multiple fruit (for the Kingdom) of the same species of the Truth committed to it according to varying abilities that nourish commitment to the Word by determination to suffer for the Word and devotion to serve according to the Word. DEVOTION.