One day Jesus told a story about a farmer that planted seeds. Some seeds fell onto the path; some fell onto rocky ground; some fell among thorns; and some fell onto good soil. “The meaning of the story,” Jesus said, “Is this:” The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among the thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go their way, they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering, produce a good crop.