“And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:8
It is important for us to know what the Bible teaches about the hundredfold return, so that we can walk in what it promises. This scriptural promise has been twisted and wrongly used by some in the church, mostly ministers, who are applying it to the giving of money and offerings to their ministries; preaching that if a person gives in an offering, they can claim a hundredfold return, or crop, on the seed they sowed. Jesus was not talking about money in the parable of the sower, he was telling us that the seed is the word of God.
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
We Choose the Type of Soil We Are!
In the last part of Luke 8:8, after Jesus taught the parable of the sower and the seed, he cried (shouted) these words out-
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
It is up to us to place value on God’s word, to hear with the ears of a hungry heart. God did not section believers into groups of hundredfold, sixty, thirty, or even non-productive soil; the choice is totally up to us. While His Word is capable of producing a hundredfold production in our lives, it will not happen without our cooperation. We have to decide how we want to live this life, what we will settle for or what we will go after and stay with; “staying with it”, means I choose to continue to hear, believe, receive and act on the Word, until I am satisfied with the results! Will we settle for no fruit, thirty, sixty or a hundredfold crop? I choose to be good ground, to continue to work on my own heart’s soil, so I can receive the fulness of the seed sown.