‘But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.’ Mark 4:20.

As a child, I often heard my mother use Jesus’ words (thirtyfold, sixty and hundred) when she asked for God’s blessings on us, her children.

To a child’s mind, the numbers were magical – the quantum of increase was stupendous. Bearing fruit is a blessed experience.

No man can hope to lead a fruitful life before God by deciding to not walk with Him. John 15:4 says without Jesus we can do nothing leave alone producing fruit.

How fruitful do you want your life to be? Do you want 30 or 60 or a 100-fold increase in your life? Turn to Jesus.

Today’s verse says you must hear the Word and accept it to bear fruit. The fruitfulness of our lives depends on how deeply rooted we are in Christ.

How do we measure the depth of our roots in Christ? Examine yourself: Is the Bible everything to us? Do we seek God’s counsel in every area of our life? Do we allow Him to be Lord over all things in our lives? If not, our roots are pretty shallow.

(Robin Sam is the founder and managing editor of The Christian Messenger newspaper. A journalist with over 15 years experience, he has worked in The Indian Express and Sify.com among other companies. His last corporate assignment was with Yahoo! India)

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