I’v expressed to you in a previous post, “The Hidden Lesson” my failures as a gardener. Well, I am glad to report that I now have a total of  4 tomatoes growing in my garden! Yes, 4! I am excited!

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Which leads me to the topic at hand. For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking of a topic to present for this months newsletter. My mind has been racing from one thought to another. At times, (a lot of times actually) my mind has been blank. However, during my devotion today, I read Mark 4 – “The Parable of the Sower”. A little while later, I walked out my front porch to check the progress on my tomatoes and I knew then what my topic would be – bearing fruit!

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Though a novice gardener, I am confident that all will agree that there is a sense of pride and satisfaction in seeing growth and fullness in your garden. I cannot help but apply this spiritually. You see, the reason I have my tomatoes on the front porch is to avoid the squirrels from attacking them. In the past, I would use the porch in the back. The vegetables were exposed to full sun and air having great potential for growth but the squirrels sensed my lack of activity and would take full advantage. So, this year I decided to plant  them on my covered front porch and so far it’s been successful. However, the tomatoes are not as exposed to the sun which I believe is an hindrance to its growth progress.

Just like my tomatoes in need of full sun, air, and rich soil to reach its capacity, so are we spiritually. In Mark 4:8 we read. “And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred”. Why did some yield more than others? I must confess it took me a while to fully understand it. I just recently learned that it relates to the different dispensations or Gospel age. (To learn more about the ages you can view this video on the study of Revelation.) Those that yielded 30% or 60% took place at a time where the Gospel or Light did not shine in its fullness. We are currently living in the full light of the Gospel age so we all should be bearing 100%!

We thank God for Light! Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” – John 8:12. He is the Sun of righteousness Mal. 4:2. However, to grow to our fullest potential, we must walk in the fullness of that light! In other words, we must apply all that we know and live it! Truly there is no excuse for not bearing fruit to our fullest potential. We are blessed with so much knowledge and for those things we don’t know, we have a Master who is touched with our infirmities and knows ALL things. To Him we have access 24/7 and He will guide us into all truth.

There is so much to cover here as we consider our spiritual growth. The water (representing the Holy Spirit – John 7:38) good food, a.k.a manna (representing the Word of God – Matt. 4:4, Rev. 2:17) and good soil (a contrite, humble heart –Matt 13:23) are all needed to produce 100% fold. We have all the resources to produce it. What will be our excuse when we produce less? May the Lord help us to live in all that we know and ever learning and increasing to gain and bear more fruit!