28 Feb Matthew 13:19-23; 1 Corinthians 10:12
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
1 Corinthians 10:12
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
The parable of the sower gives us some reasons people leave. Seeds that are sown on the path represent those who never understand. In Christ you have to give more than emotion; we must have understanding. The kingdom is not about a religion that feels good. The rocky soil represents no depth; to be strong, you have to develop a deep root system. The thorns are about the worries of life. Worries can choke out the word. The good soil can be found in the “if” passages in the Bible. If you continue. If you keep in memory what I preached unto you. If you endure. If you hold on. It is important that you hold onto your faith so that you don’t fall. I wonder where the people who leave go? Maybe they go to another church, back into the world, or maybe to his own place. It is doubtful that where they go would be as good as working through the difficult soil types until you find yourself deep in the good soil.