"'Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don't understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God's word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.'"
Our hearts are the soil that receives God's Word. All through the Bible, it speaks of the importance of the heart. The heart is the gateway to our relationship with God. Do whatever you can to ensure that your heart is fertile soil. This means dwelling on the Word, not letting problems or persecutions or the cares of this world or the lure of wealth deter you from an openness to having God speak to you. Today, ask God to remove any rocks or thorns that would make the soil of your heart inhospitable to his truth.