Scripture: But the seed in the good earth -- these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no mater what, sticking with it until there's a harvest. Luke 8.15 (The Message)
Observations: Jesus taught using stories that were simple to remember but sometimes difficult to understand. In this parable we see that Jesus provides the meaning to his disciples who needed it spelled out to them clearly. Simply put, he tells them that many hear the word of God but the devil, life's testing times and people's preoccupations with other things (busyness) prohibit the harvest that only perseverance over time can bring.
Apply: Although we don't live in an agricultural community, I can't help but think that this parable is even more relevant in our culture than it was back then. How easily we can become distracted from the thing that is most important to us -- hearing and "sticking with" the message of Jesus! How many people "try Jesus" as if they are trying a new diet only to quit before they see any results? Following Jesus isn't a sprint, it's a lifelong journey, and only those who follow him for the long haul can get to experience the treasures of a life well-lived.
Prayer: Lord, when the hot trials of life beat down upon my faith, or when my heart is being crowded by all the thorns of life, may I hang on to You no matter what.