Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:13-20 NIV
How do we come to an understanding of Jesus’ message, not just here, but throughout scripture? Relationships take time to mature. They need to be nourished. Christ is always there, available for us. Do we set aside time for Him, not just a few seconds here and there, but some time each day away from the noise of this world? Do we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us? Have we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior? We need all of these to truly grasp that which Christ reveals. Yes, relationships take time to develop. Know for sure that Christ will not back away. But also know that you cannot fool Him. He knows that which is in your heart. If true desire and love for Him is in your heart, the relationship with Him will develop. When you feel separated from Him, look inside. Have you done something to cause the separation…ie sin? Have you approached Him, asking for forgiveness and reconciliation? Let Christ live within you. The crop produced will yield far more than what was sown.