Wednesday: 30th January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 4:1-20
Mark 4:20 But other people are like seeds sown in good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.”
In the parable of the sower, we are introduced to the many kinds of individuals and how the word of God impacts their lives. Naturally, the fruit-bearing group described last, will seem the most appealing to us since we all seek to be like the good soil which provide seeds with the perfect ground on which to establish root and bear fruit.
While this whole parable seems to be a contrast between fruitfulness and fruitlessness, there is another dimension to the former which we often take for granted: Fruitfulness, which can be referred to as a measure of our success, is not a fixed item where the expectations are one and the same for all of us. Yes, we are encouraged to bear fruits that will last; however, we notice that while some bore thirty, some produced sixty and even others a hundred. Therefore, does that mean that those who produced less could not be classified as fruitful?
Beloved, even in the same environment and among a group of people who claim to possess the same skill sets, the measure of success is different for each; Likewise, the individual expectations. The fact that we are all headed towards one destination, aiming to be in perfect union with our God, does not in any way mean that the expectations for all fall in very same definite brackets. There is a set standard which will not be amended, but within those standards, each of us has a target.
In oratory, some may be tasked with speaking to millions, some a few thousands and others a few dozen. That in no way suggests that the ones who spoke to more were fruitful and those who spoke to a smaller number, less so. Again, I reiterate whether thirty, sixty or a hundred, the measure of our fruitfulness depends not on that multiple, but on how aligned we are to the will of God for our lives. That is the true measure of success.