Four Signs of a Healthy Christian Heart (Part 1 of 4)

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In this parable, we find two primary applications: Keep it. Sow it.

There are three primary objects in this parable: the sower, the seed, and the soil.

– Sower: Jesus and believers who share His message (Mt. 13:37)
– Seed: Word of God (Luke 8:11)
– Soil: Hearers (Luke 8:12-15)

Luke 8:4-15

The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness.

Some are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting cares, and some are receptive.

Notice, the fruitfulness is determined by the soil, not the seed or the sower.

So, this parable gives us two challenges:

1) Keep it: nurture the Word in your heart

2) Sow it: share the Word with others

Our focus today will be on: “Keep it.”

There is nothing wrong with the Sower or the Seed.

The problem is with the soil!

Our challenge is to keep our hearts, the “soil,” nurtured and maintained to be fruitful ground for the Word of God.

It is a challenge!

Sin, sinners, Satan, and circumstances have their way at influencing our heart to be unfit ground for the seed of the Word of God.

So, how can we keep our heart healthy spiritually?

Today, we will look at the first of four signs of a healthy spiritual heart condition.

First, consider that keeping a healthy spiritual heart must be a passion and pursuit:

Psalm 119:10-11
With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.  
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.

As we pursue keeping a healthy heart, we should work to keep it . . .


“Way side” people, like many of the religious leaders, refuse to believe God’s message.

Way-sides are hard, calloused sceptics and unbelievers.

They have been trodden on and hardened in their life and are unwilling to receive the Word.

How can we keep our heart soft and receptive?

– Reading/Hearing, Psalm 119:11
– Meditation, Psalm 119:15
– Prayer, Romans 8:15-16
– Fellowship, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42
– Ministry, Acts 6:4
– Giving, Matthew 6:21

ILL:  Gipsy Smith told of a man who said he had received no inspiration from the Bible although he had “gone through it several times.” “Let it go through you once,” replied Smith, “Then you will tell a different story!”

Let us keep our hearts soft and receptive to the Word of God!