In fear and in utter dismay, some Christians in Orissa joined ceremonially the religion they had abandoned. Others live in fear and wonder if they will ever be able to return to a normal life in their villages where Government and the police have failed to protect their properties and their lives. However, there are others, who are unshakable, courageous, and willing to die rather than live a life of fear and unfruitfulness. They do not want to be barren, but to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God.
Thank God that we have not faced persecution and we do not need to wait for the persecution to prove our fruitfulness. Through the persecution in Orissa God is reminding us our call to bear fruit. We are not called to barrenness, but to bear fruits.
In Mark 4:15-20, Jesus underscored the essence of the Kingdom of God with an agricultural illustration. He said that the Kingdom of God is about good soil where the seed germinates into a plant that grows bearing crop either thirty times, or sixty times, or hundred times. A healthy plant has the capacity to reproduce its own kind.