But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. (Matthew 13:20, 21 NKJV)
Jesus describes the second state of heart as a stony place. Notice a few things about this situation; 1) they hear the word and they receive it with joy, 2) they have no root.
First of all, these people are attentive to the word of God, they listen to hear the will of God. The seed of righteousness is sown successfully into their heart. The Spirit also effectively awaken faith in them to believe this word, and thereby have the embryo of righteousness, the earliest and most tender form of divine reality formed in their heart.
“This is where a sinner is when they first hear the gospel and are convicted in their hearts, this is where a believer is when they hear the word of God preached about a certain issue in their life and that “I can” feeling, or that “it is possible” feeling glows in their hearts. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, we’ve all been there and we continue to experience it every time the will of God meets faith in our heart.” They are filled with joy.
Secondly, which is the sad thing about this state of heart, they have no root. Like a human foetus that die before fetal viability(stage of potential independent survival), the righteousness formed in this heart never makes it beyond the embryo stage. They are naturally aborted. So, the sick person who just now was full of joyful faith, that he is healed, steps out and feels a familiar pain, and because of that he begins to doubt and gives up believing, then he loses his pregnancy of a healed reality.
We’ll dig more out of this tomorrow. But for now, as I always want to leave you joyful, always at the entrance point of life, never at the door of death, I pray, the grace of God shall increase towards you, that you shall keep your pregnancies and deliver the divine reality planted in you.
YOU ARE CHRIST.