Mark 4:14, 16-17
14 The sower sows the word.
16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
Parable of the Sower – Part 2
For faith to be received when the Word of God is preached, we must make sure our heart is good ground to receive the seed of the Word so it produces faith. We don’t want to be wayside soil for the devil comes immediately and snatches away the seed. The second type of heart condition Jesus spoke about was stony ground.
Stony ground in a farmers field is where there are rocks in the soil on which the seed falls, and as Jesus reveals these are people who hear the Word and receive it immediately with gladness, but because they have no root in themselves when persecution comes, they immediately stumble. The comparison He gave is like seeing a plant growing on a rock, which is not rooted in the soil, so when the sun comes up it withers away.
If you are someone who hears the Word preached but you do not act upon the Word, when challenges in life come you stumble because faith without corresponding action is dead. In another parable Jesus taught that if you hear His Word but don’t apply what He said storms will come, but the storms will knock you down, because if you are not a doer of the Word you did not dig deep and lay a good foundation. If you don’t want to be overcome in life you are going to need faith, and for faith to work you must be a doer of the Word of God and not a hearer only.