Jesus’ words were often spoken in parables. In one he speaks of those people hearing the word as if they are each a different kind of ground: bad ground, rocky ground, good ground, etc. This parable should be familiar to us all, but there is an interesting phrase here that I often miss when studying this.
Luke 8:15 (NKJV) — 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
The interesting phrase is the very last part, “bear fruit with patience”. Fruit is never quick. Fruit can’t be forced. Fruit is the result of a long abiding in Jesus Christ. To do this, we must have patience. Patience is a difficult thing for us. We live in an ever increasingly “instant gratification” world. We get angry when we are behind a slow driver. We get angry if our internet isn’t fast enough. We get angry if church services go too long. Patience is hard.
Top make it even more difficult, patience is a fruit itself. To bear fruit we must have patience and to have patience we must bear fruit. It seems like a paradox. But it isn’t a paradox, it is quite simple. When we abide in Jesus Christ, truly abide, patience is itself an outflow.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NKJV) — 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
The Lord directs our heart into the love and patience. And when we allow the Lord to do this, all kinds of other fruit will come of it.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Luke 12-13
- Day 2 – Luke 14-16
- Day 3 – Luke 17-18
- Day 4 – Luke 19-20
- Day 5 – Luke 21-22
- Day 6 – Luke 23-24
- Day 7 – John 1-2