“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”
// Luke 8:15
As believers, hearing the Word is bound to be a part of our lifestyle. Whether we attend church on Sunday, read the Bible on our own, or discuss our revelations with friends, we will be hearing the Word of God in one way or another. What we do with it, however, is a daily, personal choice. Here, Luke presents that hearing the Word produces fruit if we link holding fast to the Word with patience.
For the Word to transform us, we must grab onto it and hold fast to it. Holding fast means having it tightly secured, and the action word ‘holding’ suggests continuity. The action of ‘holding fast’ is continually remembering the truths spoken into our hearts, treasuring them and intentionally partnering with Holy Spirit to cultivate the seeds of faith that have been planted.
However, just grasping something and holding it securely is not what is going to produce fruit in us. Everything in nature suggests that the development of a crop comes with the passing of time; in order to endure the time, we have to be patient. We cannot kick and dig up the ground to to see if anything is coming up, or cry the blues and belittle the seeds because there is no fruit overnight. Being patient means being content with waiting in stillness. In displaying patience, we show that we have the understanding that the fruit will appear – it’s just not evident yet, and that is expected and normal. During this time of waiting, we worship God for the promise given to us and have faith and assurance in things that we do not see [Hebrews 11:1].
God is the greatest example of patience, as He Himself is love [1 John 4:8] and love is patient [1 Corinthians 13:4]. What does this mean for us? He knows that as humans we are limited by time and space, but He is not – He already sees us bearing fruit – and as we become more Christlike we display His patience with ourselves and others.
As we believe in God’s promise to grow the fruit of the Spirit in our hearts, may we be people that see the seeds of faith in our hearts coming to life through godly patience. That it would be so much easier to be patient because we stand on His promise that it is going to happen.
// Karina DeJesus