Levels of Receptivity
The Parable of the Sower presents six levels of response to the presentation of the word of God. The response ranges from zero to a return of one hundred fold or ten thousand percent.
The reason for such a dramatically different response to the same invitation relates to the wide range of difference in the persons exposed to the presentation of a message.
The human heart (mind-emotions) is compared to soil in its receptivity to seed. Words are the seed of the mind. A cluster of intelligent words becomes an idea. An idea is a concept which influences our behavior.
A new set of ideas becomes the foundation for a change in behavior. The six levels of response depicts the range of human response to any reasonable idea which, is presented in an intelligent and compelling manner.
All of us at a given point in time fall into one of these six levels of receptivity. We are not at the same point of receptivity to all ideas presented to us. Most of us at some time would register a zero response. At a prime moment we might reach our maximum potential to accept and expand the idea thirty, sixty, or one hundred times. The response depends on how much God blesses our efforts with talent, integrity, opportunity and preparation.
Receptivity to change is more likely following a major event which captures our attention. The event may be a natural disaster, an illness, death of a loved one, loss of fortune, loss of job, a personal illness, awareness of aging, or a relationship termination.
At those moments we are either hardened or softened to consider change.
The receptivity to change is likely to be within the realm of the traumatic experience. The loss of fortune motivates us toward economic change. A death of someone our own age gives us a wake-up call toward health and/or spiritual matters. An auto-accident heightens our need for adequate insurance. A prison visit gives us greater awareness of freedom.
As we develop a willingness to change it may be as fleeting as the shallow ground, or as weak-spirited as the thorny ground.
If we have integrity and depth of character the change becomes permanent for ourselves and we become an agent for influencing similar change within our circle of influence. We reach out to loved ones as well to strangers in behalf of the new commitment.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come…”
As you gain deeper insight into the saving blood of Christ you join with the Spirit of God, which is the power of the Universe and the voice of the Saints of all ages and say ‘Come’. In so doing you expand your own faith and trust by 30, 60 or 100 times.