Today I'm continuing to teach on effortless change. I'm now towards the end of my third week of teaching on this and I tell you, I've still got more to go. We're teaching through this parable in Mark, chapter 4 about the sower sowing the seed. Let me just quickly again mention that I'm really trying to emphasize how important the Word of God is to your life and we've put together some materials to help you start planting the seed of God's word in your life. This is our Bible reading program that our students use in the first year of our charis Bible college. They have to read through the Bible in one year in my class, that's 20% of their grade. If they made 100 on every test... If they showed up every day, but if they didn't read their Bible through in the year, the best they could make would be an 80, and so it's 20% of their grade.
I believe it's really, really important, so this is a freebie. If you would call in, we would send that to you. Also, I've got this Bible program and I have written footnotes on over 18,000 verses in the Bible and I'm continuing to do this at a rate of 200 or more per month and that's why we call it a living commentary and you can get this, and I tell you, this is invaluable. This is one of the best things that I have to offer people because it puts you directly into the word explaining the exact scripture that you're reading about, so that's really good. And then we have this book on effortless change, a study guide, DVDs and CDs on it, and I tell you, these things could just transform your life, if you would get into the Word of God.
So, on our program yesterday I was sharing from Mark, chapter 4, and in verses 14 down through verse 20, Jesus gives the interpretation of this parable that I call, the parable of the sower sowing the seed. There were four different types of people who received the word and only one out of four brought forth fruit, and then among those that brought forth fruit there was varying degrees, some 30, some 60, and some a hundred fold, and you know, I believe that you can make these comparisons from this parable. Now, I may be taking some liberties with it.
If I am, please forgive me, but in my estimation and my experience of dealing with people in 46 years of ministry, I see this to be true, and that is that there was only one out of four types of ground that this seed fell on that brought forth fruit, and I believe that there's a parallel here, that out of all of the people who claim to be Christians and who say that they have made Jesus their Lord, there's about 20% to 25% that really are productive and really flowing with the Lord and being led by God and seeing the Word of God work in their life, and then among those who were seeing that happen, there's varying degrees of that, and I think that you can make that comparison from this parable.
You can also state that the vast majority of people, who the Word of God comes to, it doesn't change their life. Three-fourths... 75% do not bring forth fruit to completion. That's the way that it's stated over in Luke's account of this same parable. So, the very first person that it talked about was a person who didn't understand the word. I got that from comparing this with Matthew, chapter 13, verse 19, this same parable is given in Matthew's account and over there he said, these are they that understand not the word and Satan comes immediately and steals away the word. So, the very first thing in making your heart receptive to where the Word of God begins to start releasing its power is you've got to understand it. That is huge.