How Productive is Your Heart?
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If you do a search for giant vegetables, you will find there is a very competitive “giant vegetable” growers’ community. They grow everything BIG – from giant onions and pumpkins to huge cabbages like this one!
How do they grow vegetables so big? It has a lot to do with the quality of the soil and the seed they use.
According to Jesus, the Word of God is seed and your heart is the soil.
Matthew 13 describe four types of soil (heart-conditions). Think about your heart-condition and compare it the four types of soil listed:
1) Concrete Yard: Do not understand it.
2) Paver Stones (Rocky): Do not have any root – Trouble & Persecution.
3) Overgrown (Thorny) Do not cast their cares.
4) Rich Growing Soil: Good ground – some 30, 60, 100-fold.
Note that only 1 in 4 types of soil produce any real fruit. Further still even the ‘rich soil’ produces in different measures: some 30, some 60, and some 100-fold.
So, what can we do to help our heart be more productive for God’s Word?
1) Concrete Yard: Colossians 1 tells us to pray for spiritual understanding.
2) Paver Stones: Ephesians 3 tells us to pray to understand every dimension of God’s love, so we can be firmly rooted in the same.
3) Overgrown: Trust His love. 1 Peter 5 tells us to cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us.
4) Rich Growing Soil: Seek to grow in the above three areas and you will progressively increase the productivity of your heart-soil some 30, 60 and 100-fold.
What steps will you take this week to increase the productivity of your heart-soil?
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