In this particular passage of scripture we are met with the parable of the sower. Jesus begins to introduce a man who went into the field to sow seed and gives a description of certain types of ground the sower would encounter. We understand that the primary teaching of Christ in this parable relates to the uncultivated heart of man, but I am interested in the secondary application; the intention of the sower.
1) THE SOWER'S MISSION FOR THE SEED (v.3)
The sower has one desire as he enters his field and that is to get his seed into the soil. He wants to plant his crop so that he can reap the harvest in due season. I would like for those of us that are saved to realize that God didn't give us the gospel for ourselves only, but that we might take the seed of the message of Christ and enter the field of this world and sow seed. We are commanded of God to do so: Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8.
2) THE SOWER'S METHOD OF SOWING SEED (v.4-8)
As you read the parable you will see the sower casting his seed into the field. As he goes about there's no place he doesn't sow. Even though he knows there's stony places, thorny places and even places were the fallowed ground had not been broken up he still takes time to cast seed. The lesson to take away is; there's not one place we will go or one person we will meet that doesn't need to hear the message of gospel.
3) THE SOWER'S MEASURE OF SUCCESS (v.9)
It's apparent at the beginning of the parable that the sower had lost some of the seed and it simply fell by the wayside. Other seeds fell in places where no fruit ever flourished. Does that mean the sower failed? Absolutely not! The success of our individual ministries is not based upon how much of the seed becomes fruitful; but our success is based upon how much of the field got covered. The bible tells us that one man soweth and another watereth BUT GOD GIVETH THE INCREASE! Our job is to simply get the seed in the ground and God will do the rest.