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a Fruitful Life
fruit of people's lives, will reveal the life they have chosen to
You are the
salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost its power to purify,
flavour and preserve, how can it be made salt again? It is worthless,
except to be discarded and trampled under foot.
Do you pick
grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from among thistles? A healthy
tree cannot produce unhealthy fruit; nor does a rotten tree produce
healthy fruit. Likewise, every good tree produces good fruit, and
every rotten tree produces rotten fruit. The unhealthy tree is cut
down and used as wood for the fire.
Once a man planted
a fig tree within the walls of his vineyard. For three years he
waited for it to bear fruit, but none came. At last he called the
chief gardener: "Three years I have walked here, each year
expecting to find fruit from this fig tree; and still it is barren.
Why should it take up space on my grounds any longer? Cut it down."
To this the
gardener replied: "Give the tree one more season. I will fertilize
its roots and give it special attention. Perhaps then, it will bear
fruit. If not, you do right in cutting it down."
When your lives
bear fruit, my Father is glorified, and you are become my true disciples.
From a good life flows goodness from what is stored within; while
an evil life produces only barrenness.
A farmer went
into the field to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside;
and the birds swarmed down and ate them. Some of the seeds fell
among stony places, where there was not enough earth. Here, they
sprouted quickly in the shallow soil; but lacking roots, were scorched
by the sun and soon withered. Some seeds fell among bramble bushes;
and were choked by the thorns.
of these seeds did find good earth, and these made up for the seeds
that were lost, and yielded a good crop; returning a harvest that
was thirty, sixty, and even one hundred times the seed that was
When you hear
the word of the kingdom, and fail to understand the teaching, the
enemy comes and steals away the seed that is planted in the heart.
This is similar to the seed that fell by the roadside.
The seed that
was scattered on stony ground represents those who hear the word
of God, and eagerly accept it, but have no roots of inner conviction.
Their experience might last for a time; but when trouble or persecution
arises resulting from their decision to follow the truth, they become
discouraged and drift away.
The seed that
was sown among the thorn bushes represents those that hear these
words, but are soon overwhelmed by the cares of this world, and
the deceitfulness of riches. The teaching is choked, and their lives
The seed that
fell on good earth represents those that hear these words and understand
the message they contain. Their lives will yield accordingly, an
abundant harvest: thirty, sixty, and one hundred times the good
that is planted within.