“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.”
The desire to yield fruit ought to be the desire of every believer. In John 15:16, it was the command of Jesus that the believer should “go and bring forth fruit.” If you are not bringing forth fruit as a believer, you are not obedient to the command of the Saviour. The fact that you led one person to Christ several years ago does not mean that you are bringing forth fruit. Bringing forth fruit is a present tense command which means that you should regularly see fruit from your labors.
However, how is it that some tend to bring forth more fruit than others? In the parable of the sower, you will find that the sower sowed seed everywhere he went. The key phrases in this parable are “some fell” and “other fell.” Some of the seed the sower sowed fell by the way side, some fell on stony ground, some fell among thorns, but other seed fell on good ground. The key to this sower finding the fertile ground that was ready to receive God’s Word was that it was sown everywhere, and eventually he brought forth fruit. In this parable are several lessons to the believer that will help you to become fruitful.
First, everybody is to be a sower. It wasn’t a gift to sow; it was a command to sow. It is not a gift to be a soul winner, but it is a command to be a soul winner. You will never be fruitful as a believer until you realize that soul winning and bringing forth fruit has nothing to do with being a gift but everything to do with being obedient to the Lord’s command.
Second, you cannot sow seed unless you go to sow seed. The seed is the Gospel or the Word of God. You cannot be a sower until you give out the Gospel. People have to hear the Gospel before it can be considered sowed. My friend, you will have to talk to people about the Gospel before the Word of God can reveal their heart. No excuse is a good excuse not to give the Gospel out to the lost.
Third, it is not your job to determine the fertility of the heart. The sower didn't say that this is good ground and this is bad ground, but all that he did was sow seed everywhere he went. Too many believers are trying to determine whether someone is “ready” to get saved when it is not their job to determine their readiness; it is your job to sow the seed. The Word of God is the revealer of the heart. It is not your job to say whether someone is ready or not; only God’s Word will reveal this ONCE it is given out.
Fourth, it is the sowing of the Gospel that yields fruit. The more you give out the Gospel, the better chance you have of finding people who will become fruitful after getting saved. The difference between the believer who seems to be a “good soul winner” and the one who rarely sees someone saved is that the “good soul winner” gives out more seed than the one who never or rarely sees people saved. The more you give out the Gospel, the more fruit you will find.
Fifth, don't let the lack of fruit remaining discourage you from sowing seed. Only twenty-five percent of the seed yielded fruit; rejoice in the fact that some are becoming fruitful. You will find that those who bring forth the most fruit are those who have had the most “failures” of their converts following through. Don't let the seventy-five percent failure stop you from gleaning the twenty-five percent of the good fruit.