Luke 8:14-15 (NRSV)
14 As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones 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. 15 But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.
We all know this parable. Jesus teaches about the seed and the sower. What strikes me is his reference to fruit that does not mature. Many of us hear God's word but the worries of this world, the desire for riches, and the pleasures of life keep us from truly bearing fruit. I heard someone say the other day that money is the smallest and most insignificant form of prosperity.
Being fruitful and being prosperous is about growing spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Finance can surely come as a result, but if finance is the driver, mature fruit will never be born. At best it is immature and withers on the vine.
Jesus teaches that an honest and good heart that receives the word/seed "holds it fast." In other words good soil captures seed and doesn't let go. It is the perfect environment for seed. Our intentions and our desires decide what we do with God's word. When our heart is in line with God’s, we bear fruit with patient endurance. This is the kind of fruit that last.
Lord give me the kind of soil that produces mature fruit. Change my heart, my soil, and my mind that I may be focused on You and the uplift of others. Change me so I am not focused on things the world and popular culture consider important. Make my desire You and not money. Take away the thorns and thistles from my heart. Make me into good soil. I want to bear fruit that last. In Jesus Name.
Questions for Meditation
Do I spend time desiring money, fame, and popularity?
Do I take what is in the scripture and preached on Sundays and apply it to my life?
What does it mean to me to bear fruit with patient endurance?
Now pray in your own words that God would change your heart to bear mature fruit.