For some the fruitful Christian life appears to be a given, it just happens. For most, however, the fruitful Christian life seems to be a struggle to obtain and some never really do. Jesus says in the parable of the sower: “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty (Matthew 13:20-23).”
Too many of us seem stuck in the “stony places” and “among the thorns.” How do we ever get out from among those stony places and thorns? It is a question that Christians of every generation have struggled to answer. It is a question which many in this contemporary world are attempting to answer in all the wrong ways. Too many are trying to find meaning and purpose in life in worldly things.
We will only find meaning and purpose in life when we move out of the world’s rocks and thorns, and move into the fruitfulness of the Lord. That’s what this book is all about. It is my journey to fruitfulness, but I believe it is the story of many, and that the lessons contained within can speed up the process of becoming fruitful.