Jesus challenges the intent of the heart of the people He is speaking to. He addresses the expectations of their ideas of what the Kingdom of God is, as well as our vulnerability because good soil has to be soft to receive and take anything in. To hear the Gospel is to comprehend or understand. God grants the ability to hear to those who are willing. What you are expecting from the Kingdom of God affects how willing you are to be involved in the Kingdom. If you have any other intent than God Himself, you will seek self-sufficiency and independence. You will have the most growth spiritually when you are willing to receive. How you hear is dictated by what you are seeking after. If the soil of your heart is not good you will not be able to receive. Those who cannot understand the Kingdom of God will reject it. If you are not willing to let God change how you see and hear, you are in danger of missing out on what God wants to offerâ€”fulfillment, life, and freedom. You must set aside your fears and own desires so that you can be able to hear, see and receive. You must be willing to endure the working out of this in your life. The first seed fell on hard ground, depicting the hardness of oneâ€™s heart. If the Gospel does not align with your personal desires, you will give no place to it. You must lay aside your life and own definition of the Kingdom of God. The second seed fell on stony ground, showing no depth of faith. They have a lack of willingness to endure because of their own desires, anxieties and preferences. The third seed was choked out, showing competing desires that choke out faith. The last seed fell on good soil, or a heart submitted to the whole truth of God.