The Parable of the Sower
“Listen, Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded not grain And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”And he said, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Vessels sowing seed know that it is the condition of the receiver’s heart that determines the fruitfulness of the seed. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me”. (Psalm 51:10) “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”. (1 Samuel 16:7)