The Useless Christian
From the Parable of the Sower, the third place the Seed fell was among the thorns; and Jesus said, “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” Notice in the first three places the Seed fell; Jesus said all of them heard the Word of God, but it did them no good. The devil stole the Word from the first, temptation caused the second to fall, and now the cares, riches and the pleasures of life caused the third to be a non fruit producing person for the kingdom.
The modern day church is full of people upon whom the Seed falls, but they do not allow it to take root in them. People who think they are fireproof and heaven bound when they die. This simply isn’t so based upon a parable Jesus told in Luke chapter 13 verses 6-9. “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then He said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, “Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well, but if not, after that you can cut it down.” Do you understand what has transpired in this parable? The Master expects all things in His kingdom to produce fruit. In this parable the servant who represents us begged his Master to give the non fruit producing fig tree ‘one more chance’. If the tree bore fruit this time, well. But if not, then the tree had run out of chances and would be cut down and cast into the fire to be burned up because it was taking up ground that could be used by fruit producing tree’s.
Serving our Heavenly Father means we are to benefit the Master by producing fruit for the kingdom. If we are not producing fruit; we are not benefiting anyone and especially not God; and will be “Cut down and cast into the fire to be destroyed upon the Master’s command.” Jesus did not tell these parables to frighten us… He told them to help us understand God has expectation of His children and we are accountable to Him for fulfilling those expectations. Jesus tells us in John 15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” When we bear fruit we bring glory to the Father. He receives no glory from non fruit producing people. And you cannot find any place in scripture that tells us it is okay for us to sit on our thumbs and do nothing. Every scripture and parable I have read pertaining to life tells me we are to be doing something to expand the kingdom of God on earth that the Father may be glorified. Expansion is God’s way of growing His kingdom and He has commanded His children to cause this expansion to take place by going into all the world and preaching the gospel to every nation. Matthew 28 Have you figured it out yet that the fruit Jesus is talking about is the souls of men? God is in the soul saving business? He is not in any other business. His business is souls, souls and more souls. And His desire is that all would be saved and that no one would perish. If we are not working in God’s kingdom bringing lost souls to Jesus to be saved, we are not bringing any glory to the Father. We have believed a horrible lie and for that we will pay a terrible price.
God does not care how much money we have or how much land we own or how big of a mansion we live in, but He does care whether or not we are using those things to serve His purpose of saving the lost. Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:15, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” As you well know Jesus did a lot of miracles for people, but His chief goal was to bring them into the kingdom. And if we will do all we can to keep the lost from perishing; I guarantee you – we will win some souls along the way and bring glory to our heavenly Father in the process. DThrash