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.” Matthew 13:3-9
This is a favorite story for children. Many songs have been written with seeds as the theme. It’s something children can understand with little explanation. It’s why Jesus stated elsewhere that you have to be like a child to enter the kingdom of God.
So what is the major truth in this parable? Our job as Christians is to throw out lots of seeds.
Seeds can be the words we say and the deeds we do. We don’t know where those words and actions will be seen and heard by others. We then pray that those seeds take root and that God produces a harvest.
But still, lots of seeds need to be thrown about.