The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. “Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. “Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. “Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word (logos) of God. “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
I think most reading this will get its intended meaning. But here are my questions:
1. Should we Christians, believers, followers of Christ, etc., be following sowers around and picking up seeds from the side of the road and putting them in good soil? Should we set up scarecrows or do other things to keep the birds away? Should we protect those who have received the word from the enemy which is always seeking to take it from their hearts?
2. Should we move those seeds which fell into the rocky soil into better soil? Should we add root grow? Should we make sure that after they receive the word with joy that they stay joyful? Should we keep these new believers from entering into tempting situations?
3. Should we take the seeds which fell amongst the thorns and transplant them in less dangerous and occupied ground? Should we teach them how to deal with worry, money, and the pleasures of life so that they don’t get choked? Should we enter into those thorny areas with our holy weed whackers or rip the thorns out of the ground near the seed so that they may grow better?
Should we just let happen what’s going to happen?