“And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”
It is no secret that God wants the believer to bear fruit. One of the reasons Jesus taught His disciples doctrine through parables is because He wanted them not only to be grounded in His Word, but He also wanted them to bear manifold fruit.
The hope of the future of a church is whether or not a church has manifold fruit. It is not enough just to bear fruit, but the church must continue to bear fruit until it is multiplied. If all a church did was to bear fruit once, the church would die after that fruit no longer exists. Sadly, you drive by so many empty churches because they stopped bearing fruit, and they dried up and died.
In the verse above, Jesus teaches the secret of bearing manifold fruit. What I mean by manifold fruit is bearing fruit until it multiplies. You will notice the progression that Jesus gives in bearing fruit is: fruit, thirtyfold, sixty, and a hundredfold. In other words, the fruit continued to multiply until they received a hundredfold return. This is the secret to bearing fruit in your life. Let me point out several things it takes to become a believer who bears manifold fruit.
First, you can’t be satisfied with just being the fruit of another believer. It is wonderful that you got saved, but God didn’t keep you on this Earth after being saved just to take up ground. God kept you on this Earth after you got saved so that you could bear manifold fruit.
Second, you must keep your heart from anything that would hinder you from bearing fruit. You will notice that the manifold fruit came on good ground. Good ground can become hardened or filled with weeds and thorns if it is not kept and protected from those things that would keep it from bearing fruit. You must keep yourself in God’s Word, spend time in prayer, and keep yourself from the crowd who would drop thorny seeds in your life that will keep you from bearing manifold fruit. It only takes one thorny seed to take over a good heart and cause the good heart to be hardened and overtaken with thorny attitudes and excuses. You protect your heart by protecting who influences you through friendships or the intake of information.
Third, you must bear fruit before you can have manifold fruit. You are not going to have manifold fruit in your life until you first get some fruit. I often tell people never to give up trying to get fruit. Don’t become discouraged because you see others bearing manifold fruit. You will get there some day, but you must first start with bearing individual fruit. You can’t have manifold fruit without first have fruit. My friend, you may think your labor is in vain, but you must keep soul winning until you see fruit. The time from no fruit to bearing fruit can seem long, but you mustn’t quit trying to see people saved and brought to church until you get fruit.
Fourth, you must continue to go after fruit after you start bearing fruit. The key to bearing manifold fruit is to continue bearing fruit after experiencing the joy of having fruit. Manifold fruit is the result of years of bearing fruit. You bear fruit in days and months; you bear thirty, sixty, and hundredfold fruit in years and decades. The key to having manifold fruit is just to keep bearing fruit and don’t quit after a little bit of success.