Four Kinds of Minds
In Matthew 13:1-9, Jesus told a parable about a farmer who went out to sow his seeds. In this parable, we discover four different types of minds.
The Closed Mind
Some seeds fell along the path and the birds came and ate them up. This represents the closed mind. Some people close their ears to God and don’t want to hear what He has to say. Their closed mind is far from what is going on around and about them. They could care less about seeds or the birds that ate them up. Their mind is closed to anything new going in; therefore, there is nothing new coming out of the closed mind.
The Cloudy Mind
Some seeds fell on rocky places where there was not much soil. The seeds sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. However, when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and they withered because they had no roots.
This represents the person with a cloudy mind who hears God with joy, but the joy lasts only a short period of time because when troubles come, the hearer with the cloudy mind quickly doubts and falls away.
The cloudy mind is different from the closed mind in that the cloudy mind has something going in, but it is so cloudy that it doesn't make much sense.
The Cluttered Mind
According to the parable, other seeds fell among thorns which grew up and choked the plants. This represents a person with a cluttered mind who heard the word, but he allowed the worries of life to choke it making it unfruitful.
The cluttered mind is not closed. The cluttered mind is not cloudy. However, the mind has so many things in it that it cannot sort out the good from the bad. There is no organization of the things in the cluttered mind.
The Committed Mind
The last type of hearer in this parable is the person with a committed mind. The person hears the word, obeys the word and reaps a harvest.
If you want to hear God’s voice, you must not hear it with a closed mind, a cloudy mind or a cluttered mind. Hear God’s voice with a committed mind. Then we will always be on the right path to enjoy God’s blessings.