Luke 8:14-15 “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
It is spring here in the midwest of the United States.
The once grey and dreary landscape is now lush and green. Flowers have pushed through; the grass is thick and needs to cutting. Birds chirp, and the warmth of the sun bathes us in heat and light.
We have reacquainted ourselves with our neighbors and ventured out on walks, runs, and excursions more than in the cold.
Outdoor activities are planned, and gatherings are on the horizon. We invest time tending to dig, cultivate, and plant our gardens with the hope of reaping a great harvest.
In our relationships, we are no different.
The time and effort to meet the needs of others, the love and care for them, all done with the expectation that the relationship, the friendship, the marriage, and the parenting will bring about good fruit.
The parable of the sower and the seed is God’s example of His method to bring about good fruit.
As I read this account, the words “fruit to perfection” and “fruit with patience” jumped out at me.
An artist will not be satisfied until what they create matches the vision they had when they first began. As the construction worker to their blueprints, the cook to their recipe, and the musician to their piece; all know what good fruit means.
When it is ripe, the fruit has a small window of time to harvest before it begins to rot on the vine. Until that time, we wait with patience. The Holy Spirit waits to bring about the fruit the Father longs to see in our lives.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Many think just asking we will receive these gifts from God. He longs to grow these fruit in us when seeds are planted in fertile soil. Our hearts are the ground where the seed, the Word of God, is pressed.
Humble obedience allows the seeds to grow. Practicing confession of sin, early and often, keeps the soil ready to bring forth the fruit we long to have in our lives. All work together to bring about a bountiful harvest.
Those whose lives are experiencing bad fruit need to understand the law of sowing and reaping. We cannot get good fruit in a life wrought with sin for many years. While we sow the right seed, we reap the fruit of the bad.
One day, the bad will end, and the seeds sown in righteousness will begin to blossom and bear fruit. It is the fruit with patience. The continuing of sowing good seed will start to see fruit grow unto perfection.
I am so thankful for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who bears witness to the truth.
Just as we would pull weeds regularly, we need to keep our hearts with all diligence. We should practice short accounts with God. When we fell His first prompting, we should obey the Spirit and confess and forsake our sin, clearing the way for God to continue His work in us.
We all want the good fruit, the right fruit, the fruit that will last. It begins with sowing and reaping. It continues with the diligent keeping of the soil, pulling the weeds before they take root.
And finally, reaping the harvest at the end to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”