But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Matthew 13:23 (NIV)
Producing a Crop
Canada exported almost $34 billion worth of agricultural commodities in 2018. Crop commodities made up just over three-quarters of that total. Since 2009, wheat and canola have accounted for at least 50% of Canada’s total crop exports. Soy and pulses exports have accounted for an additional approximate 20 – 25% each year. Barley, oats, tomatoes and other vegetables together have comprised 8 – 10% of total exports annually. In 2018, the top four commodities accounted for 73% of total crop exports.
As surely as the April showers bring May flowers, so the arrival of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life produces spiritual fruit. Before we become a follower of Jesus, the Bible tells us that we are dead in our transgressions and sin. But the moment we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we come alive in Him. That is just the beginning. Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:23: “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” God has called you into His family to produce spiritual fruit. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God that is planted in your heart every time you read the Bible and begins to produce the fruit of the Spirit. So we need to make sure that we take the time regularly to plant the Word of God into our hearts and minds. You will quickly find that you are becoming more and more like Jesus and are producing fruit that brings nourishment to others.
These have been words from the heart.