But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the Word with a noble and good heart, keep It and bear fruit with patience.
You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
Ah! Patience. Such a hard won quality-- at least for me during most of my life.
But I'm older (I refuse to say 'old') and wiser (I refuse to claim credit), because God allowed tough situations, where I had no better choice than to wait...
And slowly, I began building patience. I consider patience like a muscle.
* Babies have it, but it's small, like they are.
* Kids grow it, along with everything else,
* But spoiling them makes patience shrink, not grow.
* Entitled teens and applauded adults...
* Hardly use patience, so it stays feeble.
* But when we choose Jesus as our Teacher,
* Patience becomes a core curriculum.
* We're given tests: from simple to grueling,
* And if we don't pass them, they're repeated.
* Eventually, patience increases.
* With our growing patience comes growing faith.
* The goal? We become so strong in patience...
* Others wonder at our calm endurance,
* And how we got to this place of such strength.
* But isn't that the goal of disciples?
* To be powerful witnesses of Christ!
## Bearing Patiently (Part 14)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bearing series.