Luke 8:15 NKJV “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.”
When Jesus taught on the parable of the sower, He identified four different categories of people who hear the Word, and the various effects of the Word in their lives. It is interesting to note that the difference in the results of the Word were dependent on the various categories of people. The Word itself is perfect. Scriptures describes the Word of God as the incorruptible seed (1 Pet.1:23). The Word of God has what it takes to bear fruits that will change our lives, but too often we are looking for overnight changes. The Word of God requires a process in our lives.
The key to seeing the results of God’s Word in our lives is in taking time to internalize the Word and practice it. Those that produce thirty, sixty and a hundredfold are those that received the Word firstly with a “noble and good heart”. They have a sense of expectation, and their hearts are opened to understanding. They are not looking to criticize the Word or identify the areas that make it difficult to believe the Word. Their attitude is simply that the Word works, and they are constantly listening or searching their hearts to know where adjustments need to be made.
The second attribute of those that enjoy the fruits produced by the Word is that they “keep it”. Keeping the Word means they hold on to the Word with the intent to practice it. Think about your ‘to-do’, for you to accomplish the tasks on the list, you have to have them constantly in front of your eyes or at the forefront of your thoughts. This is the same attitude of those that keep the Word.
Finally, some people receive the Word with an expectant heart, and they take time out to meditate on what the Word says, but they are not patient. When troubles come, they breakdown. Patience is a spiritual trait that is to be developed. It is to remain consistent in your expectation of faith. While you are enduring, patience keeps your expectation and your attitude towards practicing the Word consistent.
Begin to enjoy the benefits of God’s Word by receiving it with a heart of understanding, keep it in front of your eyes, and patiently exert yourself in doing what the Word says. As you remain consistent in these, you will enjoy the fruits of God’s Word.
Scriptures to Meditate: Heb.6:12; 10:36, 2Pet.1:6, Tit.2:2