Real Disciples Bear Fruit
Today’s reading: Numbers 5-6; Mark 4:1-20
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:27
20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20
God wills that His people should be blessed and fruitful. But the realization of this blessing is not unconditional. There is a need to hear His word, to hold it fast, and to let it bear fruit in our lives.
This does not always occur. We could say it does not frequently occur. There are too many lapses in our hearing, holding fast, and bearing fruit. The word is snatched away because it never even penetrates our minds. We have an immediate enthusiastic, but superficial, response which results in short term impact but long term death. This is the result of shallow penetration of the truth into our hearts and minds. Then there are the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things that kill the potential fruit when the seed does take root and grow. Only by overcoming these obstacles will the seed bear fruit and the blessing be poured out.
True blessing comes from God and it comes to those who hear, hold on, and bear fruit. Beware today of the obstacles to fruitfulness. Jesus told His disciples, “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8. Real disciples bear fruit.