Blessings to you today! It’s your call…Have a great day!
Up front, on the stage, there’s a group of people. It’s Sunday morning and those folks are rocking the worship and Jesus is loving it! The Holy Spirit is moving and touching everyone who is willing to be touched.
Pretty soon, they are done, the Lord has really been lifted up. The man takes the mic, praises the Lord and begins to preach. An incredible sermon, many lives are touched and lifted up. The congregation is excited and fed. They give an alter call and people get saved.
Now that’s probably not a description of every service, but it’s one that suits my purpose on this. We often think about those individuals. The worship leader, the preacher. Maybe the missionary we see from time to time. We see their works and say, “What’s different between them and I?”
“But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
The parable of the sower. It says this seed (the Gospel) fell on good soil. Anyone who has grown a vegetable or a fruit tree knows that not all plants produce the same results. It took me a while to get this. The Gospel is the same for all people, but not all people respond the same. Keep in mind, the scripture is referring to those who accept and retain salvation in their lives.
So, three people get saved. Joe, John and Jack. They all receive it deep inside and all dedicate their lives to Jesus. Joe goes back to work. He becomes morally clean. Does’t tell dirty jokes, doesn’t listen to them. His life changes for the good.
John, like Joe, returns to work. But he is very outward about his new faith. He becomes a beacon at work. In his life all around, he touches people. He leads many people over time to Jesus. He becomes involved in church, his community and so on.
Then there’s Jack. His salvation becomes such a radical change that he must now devote his life fully to telling the world about God. Eventually, he becomes a minister. He preaches the gospel all the time. He goes over seas to be a missionary. He preaches in the open air in the slums and the dangerous places.
Jesus differentiates between the results, not the individual. He’s not saying that some are better than others because they produce more. Not at all. Joe is just important in the Kingdom as Jack. John just as much as Joe and so on. You cannot work your way into salvation anyway.
The Gospel, when sunk deep into us, will work with the person it has come into. You see, you have to remember that Joe, John and Jack all have their own personality and God works in that. He works in us. Some of us will produce 30 fold, some of us will produce 60 fold and some of us will produce 100 fold. The most important thing is to make certain we produce. Remember the fig tree? (Luke 13:6-9)
We won’t all produce 100 fold. And there is no room in the Kingdom of God for comparisons, so don’t even go there. But there is, also, no room for those who will not produce.