In Mark 4 Jesus tells multiple parables to the multitudes who are gathered around Him. He begins with the parable of the sower and seeds. In each case the sower and seed are the same. The difference is the soils. The word of God is presented and there are all different kinds of results in the lives of people. Only those whose hearts are prepared by the Lord (good soil) are prepared to truly receive the seed and produce fruit. It takes time for fruit to be produced, therefore we must be patient to see if someone’s heart has been truly changed (born again). Salvation is by grace through faith alone, but a faith that saves is never alone. The responsibility of the believer is to faithfully present the word of the gospel and trust God with the results. Lord, may I be faithful to continually present Your word and trust You with the heart change. Help me be patient and wait on You to produce fruit in the lives of those You are making new.
– Bryan McKenzie