A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13: 3-8
Last Sunday my minister preached on this passage from Matthew and I wanted to share some of his thoughts with you today.
When farmers prepare their fields or gardens they remove rocks and weeds and apply fertilizer and compost to make the soil as fertile as possible. Then after the seeds sprout farmers continue to care for the fields as much as possible to insure a bountiful harvest. You aren't going to see too many farmers plant a field then walk away from it for months expecting a bumper crop.
God's word can spring to life in a lot of different places just like the parable of the sower. God's word sprouted in rocky and thorny areas but wasn't able to last because it didn't have the right soil. But if God's word is sown in soil, our hearts, prepared at it's best then the crop will be a hundred times what is sown.