Scripture: John 15
Regarding my message, it will be about ‘bearing much fruit’. How God disciplines, prunes and feeds us so we can move from 30-60-100%.
In The Parable of the Sower, “The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the good news, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced. The good soil represents the hearts of those who truly accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest– thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.” (Matthew 13:22-3) I was richly blessed by almost every sermon the first three years after I became a Christian. Then my pastor gave poor messages three weeks in a row.
At the end of the third sermon, I wondered if my pastor was going through a difficult time. As I pondered this, a new believer went up front and spoke with great enthusiasm about how he felt like the powerful sermon we had just heard was tailor-made especially for him. How could he get so much out of such a dry message? Then I realized that it was my heart that had become dry and fallow. I ploughed my heart with repentance, and I started spending more time reading the Bible. My heart was good soil the next Sunday, so the sermon was wonderful once again. Now I realize that the quality of a sermon depends largely on how well I prepare my heart to receive it.