Changing Soil Conditions

When Jesus used the parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-15 He described four different types of soil (representing the condition of the human heart) that the seed (which is God’s word – Luke 8:11) fell into. When you study some of the people in the New Testament you will find that it is possible for the soil of our heart to change.

The following people experienced some of those heart-changing conditions that Jesus described in His parable. Some of the people changed for the better and unfortunately some changed for the worse. Identify the soil that they started with and the one that they ended up with according to God’s word. Make sure you read the parable’s description of the soils and the scripture references carefully so you can choose the right answer:


Wayside (Hard Soil) – Rocky (Shallow Soil) – Thorn Filled (Cares of the world) – Good (Fruitful)

Paul: From __________ to ___________ (Acts 22:4-16)

Demas: From __________ to __________ (Philemon 1:23-24 and 2 Timothy 4:10)

Joseph of Arimathea: From __________ to __________ (John 19:38)

Ananias and Sapphira: From __________ to __________ (Acts 5:1-10)

Rich Young Ruler: From __________ to __________ (Matthew 19:16-22)

Diotrephes: From __________ to __________ (3 John 1:9-10)

The lesson has to do with our ability to either nurture the soil of our heart or to ignore it and allow it to become unmanageable. Nature teaches us that the soil conditions of the ground can change and God’s word teaches that the soil conditions of the heart can change too.

Today, God’s word is still doing exactly the same thing that it was doing when Jesus spoke the parable that has become so familiar to many people – it’s testing the soil of our heart.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

The amazing word of God never grows dormant; the word of God never fails; the word of God does exactly what it was designed to do, and the word of God shall stand forever! EA

having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,” (1 Peter 1:23)

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