Jesus then explained the meaning of the parable of the soils to them, how first enthusiasm doesn't always last but true acceptance of the message will yield results.
He followed the soil parable with one about lamps. What good is a lamp that you keep hidden? The light from that lamp is not meant just for you. Share, don't hoard.
Jesus told them to listen carefully: God will evaluate you by the same standard you use to evaluate others. Do we find that reassuring or scary?