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Day #5 – Produce Fruit in Keeping With Repentance

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Luke 8:8,15 and Luke 3:7-8 (NIV)

“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”  When he said this, he called out, ”Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”…But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.”

Reflection

The average harvest in Israel in Jesus’s time averaged about seven to ten times the seed sown. So a crop yielding a hundred times more than what was sown was amazingly abundant.

In the Spirit, we can experience this type of abundance. When we retain His Word in our hearts and humble ourselves in repentance, this results in real life changes. We can surrender areas of our lives to God that we once held to tightly. We can throw away what is not helpful for us in the Kingdom. We can experience genuine joy and gratitude in worship even in the midst of life’s challenges. We can love others without regard for how we may benefit. The transformation in our lives and in our communities is the bountiful crop.

Response

May we desire earnestly to be those who experience the hundredfold yield in our lives. Through the Spirit this is more than just possible; it is the reality that God invites us to live in. Let’s worship the Lord and pray that this reality would take root even more in our lives and in our missional groups, campuses, and churches.

Day #4 – Thorns of This World

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Day #3 – Beyond the Experiences

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Day #2 – Live in the Overflow of the Spirit

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Day #1 – Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing

Monday, March 11th, 2013