"Healthy Soil"Stuart Jones In Matthew 13, we can read the “Parable of the Sower.” In Jesus’ day, sowing seeds was generally the way crops were planted. The sower would broadcast the seeds in a sweeping motion. As the seeds were thrown from the sower’s hand, they would cover a larger area, so not every seed would end up exactly where it should be. Everyone in Jesus’ audience knew that the seeds scattered would end up in very different places. Even though the sower is the first thing mentioned in the parable, he is not the main character. The parable is more about the seed and soil than the sower, who is not mentioned again after the planting. Some of the seeds fell on the path, where some alert birds saw them and ate them. Some fell in rocky soil, sprang up quickly and succumbed to the heat of the sun. Some seeds were choked out by the thorns and weeds as they grew. However, some fell on good soil and did exactly what they were created to do—produce abundantly. The main point of the “Parable of the Sower” is to realize that our reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of our hearts. Salvation is more than a superficial hearing of the gospel. Someone who is truly saved will go on to prove it. May our faith and our lives exemplify the good soil.