In this teaching, John Schoenheit expounds the Parable of the Sower, in which Jesus describes four different kinds of soil and what happens when the seed of the Word of God is sown upon them. We know that this parable contains a very important lesson because both at the beginning and the end of the parable, Jesus tells us to listen to what he is saying. The major key to understanding the parable is to realize that we are in control of what kind of soil we are. Some people are like the hard soil of the path; they do not understand the Word when they hear it. But a person knows when he does not understand something, and each of us has a moral obligation to put forth the time and energy to understand the things of God. Some people are like shallow soil in rocky ground, and the seed grows into plants that do not develop deep roots. No one is born with deep roots in the Word; growing deep roots is a matter of time and commitment, and God deserves that commitment from us. And so it is with the rest of the soils— each of us, by our thoughts and deeds, determines the kind of soil we are, and each of us has the opportunity to be the good soil that produces much fruit.