Jesus’ parable describes the different reactions that people have to his Word. Initially, we do nothing for our faith. The Holy Spirit plants it; it is pure grace. But once planted, it is the type of “soil” that we are that determines whether or not we have a lasting faith. For us to retain our faith, we must stay in the Word, listening to it and studying it. That is how God strengthens us and keeps us close. We then live lives of faith for God, sharing the gospel with those around us.