“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.” Matthew 13:3
A farmer has much to do to prepare his land for planting. He has to plow and disk and drag the field with his tractor and heavy equipment. Perhaps you have seen a stone boat covered with small and large boulders that were turned up by the plow and had to be hand-removed before the seed could be sown, or who has not traveled the countryside at one time or another and smelled the pungent odor of manure being spread on the soil as fertilizer? Only after all these preparations can the farmer use his planter which drops and then covers up the seed so that it can grow. After it springs up, cultivation is necessary to keep the weeds down. A harvest can now be expected at maturation of the plant.
In this parable, Jesus is drawing a spiritual parallel. When the seed of faith is sown on stony, thorny, unprepared soil, its chances of survival are low. The heart (soil) of a new believer must be cultivated through your love, compassion, and forgiveness. Jesus never said to make “short-order converts,” but He spoke of making “disciples.” Good decisions are well-thought-out ones. (See Matthew 28:19, NIV.) A disciple is taught to grow and reproduce. All healthy plants will grow and reproduce seed to grow more plants.
PRAY: “Father, prepare the soil of my heart so that I might hear Your voice and receive Your instructions. Let my love and friendship cultivate hearts of others to receive Your gift of salvation. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”