Matthew 13:3, 9 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.

He who has ears, let him hear."

God gave ears, and they are for something more than to hold up eyeglasses. Ears were created for a purpose, and that is to hear. When we were children, our parents would tell us things, like time to go to bed, when we heard, it was expected that we would obey, not discuss the merits of their suggestion. Parents command and command our respect. We confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, when we hear him speak to us it is also that we will obey. After all we did not learn the 10 suggestions but rather the 10 commandments.

In our parable, Jesus is telling us something about the nature of God. God is like a sower who went out to sow. That's is God's primary desire is to make things grow, and that God wants all people to be saved.

The seed God sows is the Word, the word works to create saving faith, it calls us to repent, and it enables us to trust that our sins have been forgiven and that we have peace with God. This seed produces fruit, and that fruits is faith life and salvation - all of which come from God.

There are a number of obstacles to God's plan of salvation.

The devil is like the birds that snatch up the seed before it can sprout.

The cares of the world and the delight of riches are like the thorns that choke out the seed.

Rocky ground is seed that has no root, and withers in persecution.

But these are not insurmountable obstacles - because there is great power in the word, the point is to receive the word, and let it control out lives. And perhaps even more important, it is good for us to remember that most of the seed, grows and bears fruit. That's the way God created us, to grow and bear fruit, that is what it means to be a child of God. The reason God sows the seed is so that we might grow and bear fruit. And this is how we come to know the love of God, and how he desires such good things for us.