We were working through Mark Chapter 4 at home group last night. The bulk of the conversation centred around the parable of the sowing of the seeds. An observation was made that it seemed to be a prophetic word to the disciples about what they would do.
Mar 4:15 The seeds that fell along the road are the people who hear the message. But Satan soon comes and snatches it away from them.
Mar 4:16 The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the people who gladly hear the message and accept it right away.
Mar 4:17 But they don’t have any roots, and they don’t last very long. As soon as life gets hard or the message gets them in trouble, they give up.
Mar 4:18 The seeds that fell among the thornbushes are also people who hear the message.
Mar 4:19 But they start worrying about the needs of this life. They are fooled by the desire to get rich and to have all kinds of other things. So the message gets choked out, and they never produce anything.
Mar 4:20 The seeds that fell on good ground are the people who hear and welcome the message. They produce thirty or sixty or even a hundred times as much as was planted.
For we see that not all received the call of Christ to come and follow him. Then there were many who gladly followed him with joy, but as ministry started to get hard they fell away. And then those who wanted riches and or the other issues of life got choked up. And then those who persevered produced a harvest.