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Roots and Fruits

(The Great Ommission)

Matt Richards

Luke 8:11-13.. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

Over the years I have shared the Gospel with many people. A great number of people can be like, "hey that's fantastic man, I'm glad it worked for you", but as soon as it's about their response, it's like a donut that they glaze over. It gets stolen from them. Others receive the word of God, the Gospel with great joy. But they just dont follow it up with discipleship.

So they are sincere and feel an amazing change but do not continue the journey or relationship. They have no root. As soon as bad things happen (which they will), they fall away from fellowship and fall away from Jesus. I really don't want to see people fall away. I want to see people with roots. I want to see people discipled, learning, reading the Bible each day, praying, praising God, and growing in Jesus, and telling their friends. There is no shortcut. Roots lead to fruits. Go into all the world and make disciples, followers of Jesus. Not decisions or converts, but disciples. Challenge of 2020 is to make disciples. [ Are you being discipled? Are you discipling anyone?] Prayer:

Father forgive us for concentrating on decisions not disciples. Help us to fulfill the great commission and foster roots in people today in Jesus' name Amen.

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