As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15
In the parable of the four soils, the only one that bears fruit to maturity is the fourth soil. The third soil bears fruit but it does not develop to maturity. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. Luke 8:14
Have you taken a good look at your fruit lately? Is it rich, ripe, full and mature? Or is it stunted, warped and immature? Have you ever eaten fruit that is not quite ripe? A slightly green banana, or an apple or pear that has not yet reached maturity and at its peek of ripeness? Typically, immature fruit is sour or very tart, not very enjoyable. But mature fruit is juicy, sweet and delicious.
What makes the difference between the two? TIME and PATIENCE
You’ll note in Luke 8:15, As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
Bear fruit with patience. I think often times I am lazy and give up way too quickly when fruit is slow in developing and maturing. Mature fruit does not appear overnight. It takes perseverance and patience to reach maturity. That means that even when obedience is not easy we must keep on keeping on – to get up when we fail and chose obedience again and again and again; then we will see that beautiful, luscious fruit borne to maturity.
It’s time to evaluate ladies. Do you look more like the third soil or the fourth? Is the Word leaking out because of the cares and distractions of this world or are you holding fast to the Word of truth? Is the fruit of your life falling short of maturity or are you bearing fruit with patience?
Smile today at the person least expecting it.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.