In the explanation of the parable of the sower, the seed and the soil, Jesus says the seed is the word of God. When God's Word lands in receptive soil (hearts) it is productive. When it lands on unreceptive soil, it is not. God's Word is powerful. Are our hearts open and receptive to God's Word, or do we try to limit its growth and influence in our lives? If our faith is not what it should be, it is not the seed, God's Word, that is at fault.