GOOD SOIL PRODUCES MATURE FRUIT
PART 3 OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED
”But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” Luke 8:15 (New American Standard Bible)
Seed sown in good soil will eventually produce mature fruit.
So, what does this good soil look like? What makes it produce differently from the other two types?
Jesus tells us that these people not only hear the Word when it is preached, but they have honest and good hearts. So, the good soil looks like a good, honest heart. This kind of heart enables these people to hold the Word fast, i.e. they hold on to it with a tight grip. This is why the seed produces mature fruit. It has time to root, to sprout and to grow into a fruitful tree.
Fruit is what we expect from a fruit tree. If it doesn’t produce fruit within a reasonable time, it will probably be cut down. If the fruit is not good fruit, the farmer will probably prune it, fertilize it and make sure it has enough water. If it still doesn’t produce good fruit, the only option will be to chop it down. It may just end up in the fireplace.
Fruit trees first produce beautiful blossoms. When we see these, we know fruit is on the way, in its due season. We need to produce fruit. Good fruit. Mature fruit. This is our purpose as Christians.
Just what is this fruit? Too often we think of fruit as the people we minister to who come to the Lord. But we need to go to Galatians 5:22, 23 to find the answer to the question.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We are talking only of good fruit here, but if you want to know what bad fruit looks like, read Galatians 5:19-21. It’s not a pretty picture.
When you see people living in love, living joyfully, walking in peace, you know the seed of God’s Word has fallen on good soil. When people exhibit patience, are kind, good, faithful and gentle, when they practise self-control, then good fruit is present.
But even a good tree which produces good fruit must be cultivated in order to produce a maximum yield. When we begin to produce fruit, we must expect to be pruned. I have been using a tree as the example, but Jesus spoke about vines. In John 15:1, 2 He told His disciples that He was the true vine and they (we are included) were the branches. In verse 2 He spoke about pruning the branches which produced fruit. Pruning is not always pleasant. Things have to be lopped off, things we would sometimes rather hold on to. The soil of our hearts must undergo cultivation. The digging process is often uncomfortable. Weeds (sin) will have to be pulled out. Sometimes we fight these things thinking it is the enemy when it is the Lord working to bring a good harvest in our lives.
As we sow seed, let us pray that it will fall on good soil, that people will hear and take hold of the Word and be saved. Let us continually pray for good fruit in our own lives and in the lives of those we minister to. Let us pray for a huge harvest.
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