My favorite parable of Jesus is the parable of the sower.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The sower is going out to cast out seed. They didn’t have all the fancy equipment we have, so some of the seed ended up in places it wouldn’t grow or grow well. In the first case, it ends up off to the side of the good ground, and birds came and ate it. In the second case, it fell on rocks (not good for gardens even today) and died shortly after growing out of the soil as there was no depth of dirt to support them. In the third case, the seeds fell among other plants with thorns, and those plants choked them out (much like if we fail to weed our gardens today). In the last case, the seed falls onto good ground and grows well for the harvest.
Jesus’ disciples asked him, among other things, to explain this parable, which he does later in the chapter:
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
We must pray that good soil will be found in us so that we may bear fruit for our Lord Jesus Christ.