100-Fold Living

Finding those 100-Fold Lives | August 23, 2013

I have recently been exposed to several people, both personally, professionally, and through media who I would describe as 100-fold men and women of God. I would be glad to introduce them to you, but focusing on the person is not what is important as to how they moved from 1-fold to 100-fold, probably with stops at 30 and 60 in between.

The characteristics that they seem to have in common are:

Surrender

They have obviously surrendered their will and their very lives into trusting our Heavenly Father with the direction, trajectory, and safety of everything they do, touch, own or steward.
The surrender is obvious – these are not the ‘cool, rich, or important’ people we see in the news or movies.

Intimacy

They spend time, quality and quantity time with their heavenly Father. Worship, prayer, meditation, and the word. They know their GOD. He knows them and can trust them.

Humility

They know their Creator and they realize their relationship is based upon His love, grace and mercy.

Their Works

The fruit of their lives is evident in their works, and these works all started with small beginnings. Some have grown into significant works but are bearing fruit with changed lives.
Everyone coming in contact with them is impacted, and it’s supernatural, many cannot be explained – they are ordained by God.

Wisdom

There seems to be good decisions coming forth with regularity. It’s not that they don’t mess up, but, they have listened to God, sought His counsel, sought other godly counsel
And stepped out.

Faith

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” They have been willing to ‘step out in faith’ many times when others have not. The Hebrews verse goes on to say “God is a rewarder
For those who diligently seek Him.”

So in my search for a 100-fold life I am beginning to realize, it’s a journey, not a destination. I am starting wherever-fold I am and trying to bring along what I am learning.
I’ll report back with The results!

Matthew 13:18-23 | June 16, 2013

Behold, the sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them: and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them: and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He that has ears, let him hear.

The Parable of the Sower Explained, by Jesus…
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

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.”

Mathew 13, a sower and a hearer with good ground. So what does it take to have a ‘hundredfold return’ on your life? As we are in the investment business – I am keenly aware of ‘returns.’ In the historic context of investments, a 1-times return is generally respectable, a 1-time (double) return would be improbable and a 100-times return – well… If the Lord had been discussing pork-belly options it is one thing, but He was discussing people and supernatural seed.

Also, an interesting side note, in the parable of the talents (Mat 25:14), the Lord chastises one of the servants for protecting his nest egg and not doubling it! You could have at least given it to the bankers! So that’s pretty bold.

So what constitutes good ground? I’ve been learning about the ground (soil) as in my foray into gardening. One full of nutrients, rich soil, organic life, the best ground has been a place of death in the past. I learned though my composting class organic material must go back into the ground for it to be of any use once it’s dead. What creates that organic micro life is the death of other things. So what is the formula for good ground = death + burial + time.

So when Paul and/or Jesus talk’s about “dying to ourselves” and being “born again.” These are places where good ground is created – so when the seed is sown – we have a chance of multiplying that seed even to the 100-fold level.

We will be pursuing these thoughts over the next few months as we delve into God’s design for a productive life, both in economics and in our lives.