Jesus often shared His Message in parables. One provides a simple explanation of levels of faith and understanding or ‘levels of Spiritual maturity’.
What is your level?
Listen to His Message and grow in understanding:
Matthew 13:3 … Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.
4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.
5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.
6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.
8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.
Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:
Matthew 13:19 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.
20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.
21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they or are persecuted for believing God’s word.
22 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 and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.
23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
Know your level and then read this over and over to understand the level you can grow to achieve. When you do, and focus on achieving a higher level a maturity, He will bless you and you will grow and understand more and more. He will lead you to align with His Will. Yes, your life will change and perhaps not as you my have desired. But know this, you will receive His blessings and when you understand them, you will accept the He has planned for you and an eternity with His Holy Spirit is yours.
Father, bless them with an “ear to hear” Your Message, to understand and to grow in Spiritual maturity.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen