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4 Kinds of Minds

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


One of Jesus' most popular ways of teaching was telling parables. He told stories with deep meanings so His listeners would learn a lesson. In Matthew 13:1-9, Jesus told a parable about a farmer who went out to sow his seeds.

Even though the story is about seeds, the deeper meaning is about more than the seeds that were sown into the soil. In fact, the soil can be compared to the minds of the hearers of the parable Jesus told.

A seed is such a small thing, but when the soil is properly cared for, it can grow and develop into a beautiful plant that produces food for people to eat. In this parable, we discover four different types of soil that represent four different minds of the hearer of the parable.

As you read each description, consider the type of mind you have when you hear the Word of God.

Closed mind

Cloudy mind

Cluttered mind

Committed mind


1. A 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. Therefore, there is nothing new coming out of a closed mind. Unfortunately, there is nothing new going into a closed mind.

2. A 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. However, the joy lasts only a short period of time because when troubles come, the hearer with a cloudy mind quickly doubts like scorched seeds.

A cloudy mind is different from a closed mind in that the cloudy mind has something going in, but it is so cloudy that it doesn't make much sense. Therefore, the hearer dismisses everything that has been heard.

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3. A 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. A cluttered mind has so many things going on that nothing makes sense out of the confusion.

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. A person with a cluttered mind also has a cluttered life. Nothing concerning him is organized.

4. A Committed Mind

The last type of hearer in this particular parable is the person with a committed mind. It is not closed, cloudy, or cluttered. The person who has a committed mind does three things.

  1. He hears the word.
  2. He obeys the word.
  3. The person 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. Instead, you must hear it with a committed mind. When you hear God’s voice with a committed mind, you will always be on the right path to reap a harvest of God’s blessings.


jagandelight from Florida on January 27, 2011:

Thank God that i have a committed mind. All we can do is keep sowing the seed: somewhere , somehow it will begin to sprout up roots. We plant and water but God gives the increase, we might not be there to see the increase from our investment of sowing but just the knowledge that God will increase is enough to keep on going.

Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on January 27, 2011:

I find as I witness to others about Jesus Christ I find this often. I used to become very discouraged when I could not win them to Christ. Sometimes we just have to keep sowing those seeds and one day through many changes and events in these people's lives the soil will be what is needed for them to be brought to Christ. It just takes time and lots of tilling and preparation for some people. Thanks for another good hub

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 26, 2011:

Thanks, again Linda....I'm getting there!

lindatymensky on January 26, 2011:

This was a very good piece, too!

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