Jesus told a parable, a story, about a person who went out and sowed seed. He used it to explain four types of people.
I’m going to talk about three of the types of people he spoke about, and what he said about people who stop following God.
They Don’t Understand the Bible
The first type of person who stops following God is a person who doesn’t understand what is taught in the Bible. Jesus said this is like seed (the Word of God) that is sewn (spread) on the path.
There may be people who hear the Word of God preached. They may read the Bible, but they don’t understand what is being said.
Jesus said that seed is carried away by Satan.
Trouble Comes, and They Go
The second type of person hears the Word of God. They accept the word joyfully. They get excited about their faith.
But, then, they get stress or abuse because of their faith. So, they leave. They didn’t have a deep enough faith to withstand the difficulties.
These people, Jesus says, are like seed that is sewn on rocky ground. They don’t have roots. So, when the sun rises and it gets “hot,” they wither and die.
Worries & Wealth Lead Them Astray
The third type of person gets sidetracked by worries of life. Worries gets them down, and they give up. Or perhaps they want to get wealthy. They leave their first love for God and chase wealth. They may not plan to leave God, but Jesus said:
No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money. –Matthew 6:24 (HCEB)
She started out well, but like the seed sewn among thorns, worries and wealth choke out the good results she could have had.
There are solutions to each of the above things that lead a person astray.
- If you don’t understand the Word of God, there are people who can help you grow deeper in your understanding. I’d suggest World English Institute or World Bible School. The first teaches English grammar, reading and writing as well as the Bible. The second one focuses just on the Bible.
- Grow your faith. Be prepared for the trouble. A great way to do this is to get immersed in learning God’s Word by memory. For that I would suggest Scripture Typer. It’s a great place to work on your memory verses and you can practice your typing as well. It gives you the speed of your typing.
- If you are having a lot of worries, learning verses about giving your cares to God will be helpful, and this will help with the pursuit of wealth as well. God will help you have the things you need if you seek first his kingdom. Don’t let money get in the way of your faith, and be careful. Moving away can creep up slowly.
Note: None of the above links are affiliate links, but I am a volunteer teacher for World English Institute, and I have taught with World Bible School in the past. I use Scripture Typer and it has helped a lot with learning more Bible verses.