“Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up” (Matthew 13:3-4).
What’s understood, but missing from the front of this story, is the advance work already accomplished upon this parcel of land to prepare it for planting; the ground having been plowed to bring the more fertile soil to the top. It is upon this soil that the seed was intentionally planted or broadcast. That some seeds fell upon the road, others on rocky places, and others among thorns (v.5-7) was incidental and, certainly, not intentional since seed is expensive and should not be wasted. I believe it vividly portrays the reality that there is never a time when we as disciples are not sowing gospel seeds. While intentionally planting in some specific targeted areas, there are others being impacted by the life they see us living; making judgments about the Christian faith and what it means to be Christian based upon our witness.