As I ponder over the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control(Gal. 5:22-25), It brought up some questions in my mind. As I looked farther, I also found it says in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Whew! I’m glad this fruit is not produced in my own abilities. So with all that said, why do I feel, at times, this fruit is not evident or being produced in my life? I wonder if the answer can be found in Mark 4: 1-20. Jesus was speaking about a farmer who went to plant some seed. As he scattered it across the field, some fell on a footpath. Other seed fell on shallow soil, and some fell among thorns. The seed that fell among thorns is what caught my attention. Mark 4:18-19 says, “ Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Doesn’t that sound like just the everyday life? I often find myself on the road of life, and I look up and find I’ve went off course.
I remember one year I had this beautiful flower garden. In all my wisdom, I decided to plant some “Morning Glory” seeds in my garden. If you know anything about this plant, you would know it grew to the point of no return. Let’s just say my beautiful garden was no longer. It was strangled and choked to death, by what some would call a weed. I don’t want that to be a picture of my life. And I don’t think that is the life my Father has intended for me. So getting back to the verse in Mark 4: 1-20, it concludes that a seed planted in good soil represents those who hear God’s word and accepts it and produces a harvest some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.
Wow! Now that is a pretty big harvest.