Yeah. We have made it to the good stuff. In continuation of our study of Luke 8:11-15, we will study Luke 8:15 today. Let’s take a look of this Scripture:
Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Good ground. That is what I want to be. How about you?
Let’s look at what we have to do to get the Word to produce fruit in our life. The Scripture tells us that the good ground are they that have an honest and good heart. As I looked up these words in the Strong’s Concordance, I learned that “honest” meant beautiful, but chiefly good, valuable, or virtuous. “Good” comes from agathos which compares to honest; however, it is different in that it is intrinsic – inward. It means belonging to a thing by its nature. This is deeper than just good. You have developed a relationship with the Most High God and you have begun to learn His thoughts and His ways. See Isaiah 55:8-9, which by the way are one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible.
When you open yourself up to God and begin to learn His thoughts and His ways, it will transcend your thinking. Maybe you were supposed to smile at the lady who checked you out today when you bought your groceries. Instead, you were caught up with the thoughts and cares of your own life. When we are caught up in our own cares, we can often miss seeing the need of others. In this example, this one simple act wouldn’t have cost us anything, but could bring joy to someone else in need.
When we activate the Word in our life, fruit is produced.
When you hear the Word and keep it, it will produce fruit. Keep in mind fruit is not always big and bountiful. Fruit starts off as a seed planted. You have to water and fertilize the seed to watch it grow. That same is true in producing fruit in our life. When we are available to hear the promptings in the little things, then God will start to prompt us in bigger things. When you allow yourself to be used by God to bless others you learn that in return it will bless you and make your joy full as well. This is fruit.
Remember, fruit is brought with patience. Just as it takes time for a seed to turn into a tree and produce fruit, we must be patient for the fruit to produce in our life. Sit back and relax. Trust God and know that He’s got this.
A few additional Scriptures on patience: Hebrews 10:36, Colossians 1:10, James 1:4.
Praise God for His goodness. May I delight in His ways always. May the Word be on my lips forever. May I be hungry to reach those who are lost and hurting. May I never be afraid to speak and know it is not me but Christ who lives within me and therefore words will come forth through me to touch, save, and heal all who are broken before the Lord. May my heart be filled with forgiveness, compassion, and love for everyone. For God loves them and I am filled with the love of God. Teach me Holy Spirit to be a person who obeys the Word and is good ground. So that after a little while, fruit will be produced in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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