Mark 4:4-8 – 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
The sower in Jesus’ parable broadcasted his seed. This method spreads the seed on the ground around the sower instead of planting it in careful rows. As a result, he wasn’t picking and choosing exactly where he wanted his seed. He simply spread it about and he knew what fell on good, prepared ground would grow.
Different gardeners prefer to sow their seed in a myriad of different ways, but all sowers of the Word should broadcast. The Word of God should be shared non-discriminately with every heart in our path, whether we deem its ground good or not. The harvest will determine the condition of the heart, but for now, the sower’s responsibility is to simply sow. Do not fret about the preparation or condition of the soil or the cultivation of the seed. As sowers, that is not our responsibility. We must simply sow.
1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for theLord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.