02222018 Thursday

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty” (Matthew 13:23).

Two verbs capture the litmus test of genuine faith—bears fruit and brings forth—not sitting in a sanctuary, not religious verbosity, nor sour-faced piety. The numbers expressing the fruitful possibilities of one responding rightly to the word of God are not exaggerated hyperbole but actual potential, representing the capable seed yield from any single grain in Palestine. Only in Christ is there any chance of maximizing the Divine potential that exists within any one of us.

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