Matthew 13:20-21——-But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, immediately he stumbles.
A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.”
It’s time to protect the good things growing in our heart. Our goal should be for the garden of our heart to be so healthy that it can grow more fruit. It should produce good results so our lifestyle improves and brings glory to God.
In the above scripture the description is of a man who professes delight with the Word; however, his heart is not changed, and so when trouble arises, his so-called faith quickly disappears. He is excited by the Word of God but the Word has no root in his heart. This person depends on the understanding and prayer of others because he hears the truth but does not believe and apply it in his life.
It is the seed of God’s Word in our life that makes a fruitful, productive garden. You may love the Lord; however, the important question is- What is going on with the Word in your life? If the Word is not big in your heart but is overshadowed by other issues, then your life will not bear fruit. Your heart must be whole in order for you to live a successful life.
When a preacher comes to town, there is a big crowd, people are excited and there are many healings and everyone’s emotions are high. But after the session is over, how many make an effort in the quiet of their home to nurture and care for the Word so that it develops roots? It is very important that we begin to grow roots; we have to have a foundation in God’s Word.
We need to be honest with ourselves. Are we producing and improving? Are we increasing thirty, sixty, a hundredfold? If we receive the Word, we will experience results, positive changes, and forward motion in your life.
Is there any progress in your marriage or health? Are you moving forward in your financial giving to the kingdom of God? If there is no increase or improvement, the Word is not growing in your heart. That is not meant to be condemning but to emphasize the importance of recognizing any problems in the garden of your heart. If someone sowed some weeds, then we have to get the garden tools out and break up the hard ground and destroy those weeds. We’ve got to do something if the garden isn’t producing.
If we are honest with our self, the issues of our heart will come clean. When we were saved, we began to learn, grow, and change. Negative behaviours fell from us like rotten mangoes from a tree. Our life became better, and we were excited about the Lord. Is that still happening today?
Is there a thirty, sixty, hundredfold improvement in your life? Maybe not in every area of your life, but somewhere we should be making progress. Check the garden of your heart, and see which areas need change and protection.
Satan knows that if the Word remains in our heart it will bear root, and we will be a threat to him. Therefore Satan will try and bring tribulations and persecution so that he can steal the Word. When problems arise we get negative thoughts which affect our faith and the seed gets stolen.
For example, an athlete running a race in a stadium sees his opponents. Does he stop half way and address the opponents – NO. He just continues running as fast as he can because if he stops and argues, he will surely lose the race. Similarly the devil puts situations causing offence and bitterness which deters us from the race that God has set before us.
When we do good works but stop due to offence, Satan has won.
Galatians 6:9——- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Sometimes in life, we are in the midst of doing a good deed; being charitable and helping others, we find that we are falsely accused. At that time, it seems like we would be better off not doing anything. We feel offended and hurt. Our family and friends keep reminding us of these false accusations and instigate us to give up that good deed. If we give in to this and stop the good work, we have fallen into the devil’s trap. Instead we should keep obeying the Word and forget those criticising us and continue dong our good deeds because in the end it is always between us and God. If we get offended quickly we have not truly understand God’s Word.
When the ground of our garden is soft, the seed will go in and weeds will easily come out. The blessings of God will come up thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.
“You are not what others think you are. You are what God knows you are.”