Escort me into your truth; take me by the hand and teach me. For you are the God of my salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours all day long! (Psa 25:5)
(Jesus speaking) “A farmer went out to sow seeds for a harvest. As he scattered his seeds, some of them fell on the hard pathway and were quickly trampled down and unable to grow and became nothing but bird seed. Some fell on the gravel, and though they sprouted they couldn’t take root; it withered for lack of moisture. Other seeds fell where there was nothing but weeds. They too were unable to grow to full maturity, for the weeds choked them out. Yet some of the seeds fell into good, fertile soil, and they grew and flourished until they produced more than a hundredfold harvest, a bumper crop.” Then Jesus added, shouting out to all who would hear, “Listen with your heart and you will understand!” (Luke 8:5)
I’m sure we are all familiar with the real meaning here, (and if not then just read on in the chapter). The point that Jesus wanted to impress on us is the importance of the state of our hearts when we read, hear, and study His Word.
Bottom line, He tells us that it’s ‘us’ who decide what kind of soil we have. Just as plants need fertile, well-watered soil, we too need to make sure we optimize the soil of our ‘hearts‘ for growth: Have I hardened my heart with excuses for not listening? Is my heart soil so shallow because I’m still enjoying the secret sins so much that no deep roots can ever grow to support His word? Or maybe my cares and responsibilities of my life are crowding out the growth of His word within me?
The Lord isn’t like the devil, this isn’t a dictatorship where He forces himself on us. This is meant to be a loving relationship where both hearts remain totally open and receptive to each other. The benefits of this relationship happen when we not only take the steps to plant His words in our hearts, but carefully tend them. When we do that, the roots strengthen and grow deep, and it’s then that fruit will easily grow - Healing fruit to be enjoyed by ourselves as well as for others (Rev 22:2). ❤️