Bible Verse: “But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty-fold and sixty-fold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:1-20

The parable of the sower is reality. Like it or not, it is a spiritual truth. Some will not make it to the spiritual sapling stage. Some will get stuck or worse along the way. But some will produce much fruit and leave a great legacy.

Over the last couple decades, I’ve seen this parable lived out over and over, in hundreds of lives. My heart has been broken when I have watched dear friends, fellow Christ-followers and gifted leaders who seem to have been spiritually snatched, scorched or choked. This list is far too long. Thankfully, I know that God isn’t yet done with them—or with me, for that matter.

My heart has also been buoyed and inspired by those who continue to persevere, to grow and to see an exponential harvest of fruit produced in and through their lives. After all, God desires to see us bear much fruit. In teaching about the vine and the branches Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).

By God’s grace and for God’s glory, I would like to be part of this last group. My desire is to live a life that will bear much fruit. My prayer is to finish well. I’d like to grow to maturity, persevere through adversity and leave a legacy of fruitful impact for God’s kingdom.

— Steve A. Brown, President, Arrow Leadership, in Leading Me.

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