Seeds And Soil
‘I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ – Hosea 10:12(NLT)
Human hearts are like soil. Things grow there – thoughts, ideas, and attitudes. Some of the things that grow are good. Some aren’t.
Even in the most beautiful gardens, weeds grow and need to be pulled so the good plants can be healthy. And even in the rockiest places, where there’s no dirt to be seen, trees and other plants find ways to grow. But they can’t survive heavy storms, and they won’t grow tall and strong without deep roots.
Heart “soil” can change. A good soil if not properly cultivated and continually replenished can grow weeds, and lose its fertility. No wonder the bible urged us to guard our hearts with all diligence.
Be careful what thoughts, ideas, principles, and attitude you tolerate and accommodate.
Hard and rocky hearts can be transformed into gentle and loving hearts. Dry and dusty hearts can be changed into joyful and kind hearts. Weedy hearts can be changed into clean and pure hearts.
Remember the parable of the sower by Jesus. (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8)
We can’t change our hearts on our own. Only God can make that kind of change, which he promises to do if we give up control and trust him to work in our lives.
What needs to change about the “soil” of your heart?
Even healthy soil needs tending – weeding, fertilizing, mulching, etc. We tend our heart by submitting our values, belief, and attitudes to the scrutiny of the Bible and Holy Spirit on a consistent daily basis.
What tending do you still need? Don’t assume or presume, ask God. He is committed to you.
Dear Heavenly Father, I open my heart to you. Purge me of every pride, worry, carnality, worldliness, besetting sins, presumptuous sins, and all uncleanliness. I enthrone your Holy Spirit as king and Lord. I set my heart on things above. I set my mind on following after you. Grant me the grace to live Holy and godly all the days of my life.
In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.