This is one of the most difficult truths Jesus ever told in a story. Parables, Jesus used them a great deal. He did it for a number of reasons. Parables were difficult to claim blasphemy over. The religious elite were trying to catch Jesus on every word–parables made that virtually impossible. Next, parables were word pictures–everyone could imagine them. Even those that did not get the principle, could easily see the picture. Then, when the right time came, the truth would be revealed and the principle would stay for a lifetime. Finally, parables traveled beyond generations. While we distribute crops differently in this generation, the principle survives as does the picture.
Simply put, as we spread the gospel, sometimes the message bounces off and has no affect–the seeds that hit the road, sometimes the message stirs the soul, but does not have the base to take root. When life hits, its effect whithers and the hearer makes no change–the seeds in the rocks. Smetimes the message takes root and really makes a change–but, the trials and temptations of life literally choke out any impact the maessage could bring to others–the weeds. But, finally, sometimes the message makes a huge difference, it grows and spreads through the lives of the hearers to friends, family, collegues and perfect strangers.–the good soil. The critical point is that the message remains the same, but, its impact is affected by the person receiving the message, the culture where the message is spread and the ther influences in play with the person that hears it.
Modern agriculture has digitalized and auomated the sowing of seed to yeild maximum production. The Holy Spirit has always done the same with the Gospel. We only need to be faithful in spreading the good news; and then allow God to do what He does best to stir the hearts of those that hear it. Make no mistake, we need to pray like crazy as we share the Gospel. We need to pray for the message, the hearer, their culture and the outside influences that may affect impact. Prayer is not the preparaion for the greater work; it is the greater work! So, like the sower lets prepare the soil, the message and the hearers in prayer to receive and be forever affected by the Gospel.
God Bless You
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”