“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”
Jesus commands the believer in John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” The purpose of the believer is to be fruitful in their walk with Christ. In fact, God makes it clear that when the believer stops being fruitful that He purges them so that they may “bring forth more fruit.”
However, the verse above shows that it is possible for the believer to stop bearing fruit. This verse says about the believer’s lack of fruit, “…and he becometh unfruitful.” The word “becometh” doesn’t mean that it happens immediately, but it happens slowly. In other words, the believer that doesn’t carefully guard themselves from being among thorns will eventually find themselves without any fruit. Let me give you several thoughts about bearing fruit and avoiding the thorns.
First, you need the Word of God to become fruitful in the Christian walk. As Jesus told the parable about the sower, the result of what happened to the seed was determined by the reception of God’s Word. My friend, you cannot be fruitful in the Christian life without spending time in God’s Word. Certainly, you may see fruit here and there, but if you want to be the believer who consistently brings forth fruit that remains, you need to spend much time in God’s Word and let His Word stir you to be a fruit-bearing believer.
Second, your associations determine your perception and reception of the Word of God. In the verse above, the reason the seed “becometh unfruitful” was because it was sown “among the thorns.” The crowd you spend time with determines how you receive God’s Word. It is vitally important for the believer to be sure they have the right type of friends. Your friends influence your ability to bear fruit in the Christian walk. If you don’t want to be an unfruitful believer, you would be wise to make sure you have the right type of associations and friends in your life.
Third, the thorns of life will slowly choke out your fruit. God makes it clear that possessions and riches will keep you from bearing fruit. A materialistic believer measures spirituality by the amount of possessions; whereas, a spiritual believer measures spirituality by the fruit they bear. You must determine not to let the allure of worldly possessions to take your eyes off the importance of bearing spiritual fruit. You will find that your soul-winning fervor will slowly die when your focus is on acquiring possessions and riches.
Fourth, the lack of fruit reveals the thorn patch in which you have been living. Though it is not the believer’s job to be a fruit inspector, it is not hard to see that a believer who never bears fruit has their focus on possessions and riches. You can’t live in the thorn patch and bear fruit. The only way spiritual fruit will be important to you is to get out of the thorns.
My friend, do you find your ability to bear fruit is slowly dying? The answer to getting back to bearing fruit as you should is to get your focus off the riches and cares of this world, and you will find that fruit will start coming back in your Christian walk.