How productive are you? This isn't a question about your efficiency at home, school, or work; it's about something much more important.
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty." (Matthew 13.19-23)
The real productivity issue is concerning what "the word of the kingdom" is doing in your heart and life. Has it found fertile soil in your life? Have you gladly received the main message of Jesus, and are you allowing it to direct your life? Is Matthew 6.33 your great life priority? Until we have discovered the main message of Jesus we have missed one of life's greatest discoveries and adventures.
When the word of the kingdom is productive in our lives, tomorrow's hope in part becomes today's reality. Relationships take on special significance. Forgiveness and generosity characterize our lives. A passion for evangelism and biblical education becomes a driving force.
How productive are you? May Jesus' Kingdom message be our lifestyle and passion.
©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission