In Matthew 13:18-23, Jesus talked about four kinds of hearts. Which kind are you?
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
1. The Wayside Heart: When He hears the Word of God, he allows the devil to snatch the Word out of his heart. The word “snatch” in the Greek means, “to seize upon openly with force.” These are those who mentally agree with the Word, and may even emotionally respond, but don’t allow the Word to get into their hearts. Satan is able to attack them quickly with temptation and pull them away.
2. The Stony Heart: When he hears the Word of God, he immediately responds outwardly. This person gets all excited about what he has heard, but doesn’t allow the Word to take root. As a consequence, he only endures for a while. He is not prepared for the persecution that will arise for the Word’s sake. Make no mistake… when you openly declare God’s Word, be prepared to be attacked. Notice that he “immediately” receives the Word, and “immediately” falls away.
3. The Thorny Heart: This person hears the Word of God, but does not allow it to deal with his heart to root out the thorns that are already present. He appears to be making progress. But when life’s pressures come, the thorns that are already there begin to manifest. The cares of this world choke out the Word of God. A person cannot serve both God and mammon.
4. The Good Ground Heart: This person hears the Word of God and receives it; he applies it to understanding, allowing the Word to change the inward man. He allows it to renew his mind to begin a new pattern of thinking. The Greek word for “receive” means, “to embrace with assent and obedience.” It is not enough to hear and receive the Word of God; one must obey the Word. This person is known by the fruit which he bears.
So, basically, Jesus said that only 25% of those who hear the Word of God are actually going to produce fruit in their lives. The choice is up to us. Choose to be a Good Ground Heart.