Composure, endurance and fortitude are words synonymous with patience. Of all the requests offered up to God in the form of prayers, patience is often skipped. Those who have prayed for patience are immediately thrown into situations that require patience. Unless you are ready to be challenged spiritually, you may want to focus on other areas of your life that need attention.
The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, but as they go on their way they are suffocated with the anxieties and riches and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity, Luke 8:14.
Following the parable of the sower, Jesus’ disciples took him aside, yearning to grasp and understand the spiritual meaning of this analogy. Three of the four seeds sown fell upon soil with different limitations. One was too compacted, another shallow and the third was surrounded by aggressive growing weeds. In the passage above, those individuals who reside within these environments struggle to develop maturity. When faith fails to become grounded, rooted in Christ, patience is just a word, rarely practiced or seen in public.
But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience, Luke 8:15.
However, for diligent caretakers, fertilizing, maintaining and weeding regularly, good soil is attainable. According to Jesus, this is achieved spiritually by receiving God’s Word with a good and noble heart. Yet, it doesn’t stop here. The spiritually mature hold on to the promises of the Bible through trials and tribulations. Those who stand firm through the storms of life, bear fruit with patience as a demonstration of the Holy Spirit. May this blog help you realize the crucial role of patience, a trait that allows spiritual fruit to blossom.
by Jay Mankus