In the parable of the sower only this fourth and last kind of soil allowed the seed to take hold and bear fruit. It is very sobering to read what the Bible says a about how few there are who genuinely receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the Sermon on the Mount, faith in Jesus Christ is compared to going through a narrow gate that leads to a narrow road to glory. "Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14b). Nevertheless, the Bible also tells us of many examples of men with receptive hearts who receive God's Word like this "good ground" received the seed.
The thief on the cross next to the Lord's, despite a life of crime, received the truth and salvation. "And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom" (Luke 23:42). The good ground is not referring to a man who never sinned. In fact Jesus told some very religious men, "The publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you" (Matthew 21:31c).
The good ground pictures a man whose heart is first honest with the fact of personal sinfulness - and second open to the love of God through His Son. "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience" (Luke 8:15).
This parable of the sower was a vivid picture by the Lord of the importance of how the heart receives His Word. At the end He sent out one more challenge to each heart to listen carefully and receptively to the whole message He brought. "And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Luke 8:8b). He was adding to what Solomon said long before. Be careful about how your heart responds to God's Word. "The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD" (Proverbs 19:3).