"And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come." Mark 4:29 NLT
Soil is everything to a plant. It surrounds the seed throughout its entire existence. It's important that the soil is rich in nutrients, providing life to its very roots. The roots of a seed dig deep under the soil to secure the growth that is about to take place. Above the ground, the seed is overlooked and unnoticed in the early stages, but underneath life is flourishing. Sometimes our lives can look like this. Even though you may not see God moving in your life, it is still taking place. God’s Words are light and water, they provide life to us. Sometimes we can miss out on what God is doing in our lives by neglecting to do our part, which is tending to the soil. Are you planted in the dark? Are you planted in the desert? We must be intentional about our surroundings so that we receive all that God has for us to be fruitful.
In order to be fruitful, you must identify your surroundings. Like seeds, we are influenced by our environment. Our soil can become dry without proper care. We must be well planted in the Word of God. His words are light and water to our life. These are the very things that provide growth to our spiritual life. Mark 4:28 illustrates spiritual growth. “...First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.” Once the grain ripens, it is ready to be used.
Reading these devotions is taking one step to water the seeds God has planted in you. Your purpose is to bear fruit so that God can enjoy it and share it. Fruit means that your life is full of growth, pursuit, and fullness! Our Father has planted us; now it is our duty to grow! Don’t allow your life to wither. Enjoy the refreshing Word of God and the nutrients you discover in it.
Heavenly Father, give me the wisdom to identify my surroundings. Father, give me the strength to change my environment. Jesus, I want more of You. I allow You to be the water and light to my life. Thank You Jesus for growth and for the fruit that I will bear. Thank You that the fruit that I bear will give You glory and honor.
In Jesus' name, Amen
Look at your surroundings (school/work/ friendships), and ask yourself, "is my fruit suffering due to its environment?"
Am I being "watered" by the Word of God? Am I seeking Him?