Matthew 13:23. “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
We’ve been here before, and this verse is completely self-explanatory. Tonight, I’d just like to give you an example of someone whose heart was “good soil,” and who produced much fruit.
A friend of ours died today. He was, I believe, in his early 80’s. He’d been sick for a long time, so his homegoing was truly a release. He’s with the Lord now, and his family is rejoicing that his long journey is finished.
This man was saved, if memory serves, in his late teens or early 20’s. He soon felt the call of God on his life, and prepared to become a missionary. He and his wife traveled first to minister to the Pygmies; later, they worked in what was then the Belgian Congo, and finally in Kenya. Their story is full of adventure, joy, victory, and also of loss and sorrow.
The thing I want to emphasize here is that this man bore much fruit. I don’t know how many souls came to the Lord because of his ministry. I do know that there are churches in Kenya today that are a direct result of his ministry, and that are now led by national pastors who studied under him and those who came to help him.
Not only was his heart fertile; he influenced many others to go into missionary work as well. One of them was his second-oldest son, who ministers in Kenya today. His influence, along with his wife’s, is felt in four generations now; he and his wife have several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.