Galatians 6:1-7 NLT
7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
It was the summer of 1984, and Art and I had just gotten married. I was getting ready to make our supper, and realized I needed tomatoes for the salad. I was raised in a home that had fresh tomatoes, “home grown” from our garden. I was not accustomed to running to the grocery store in the summer to get tomatoes. If no tomatoes were lying around in the kitchen, you could just run outside to the garden and pick them right off the vine!
I prepared our supper, and made the salad with “grocery store” tomatoes and we sat down to eat. The minute I tasted my salad, I was shocked at this grainy, flavorless vegetable imposter that called himself a tomato! How dare he pretend to be a real tomato. All the sudden I realized there was nothing like my dad’s tomatoes raised in that rich soil he cultivated year after year.
Our hearts are God’s garden, where He plants the seed of His Wordto bloom and grow into luscious fruit. That fruit of the spirit will bless all, (including you) who partake of your garden. You have the job of tilling the soil, removing the debris, spreading the fertilizer, and pulling weeds.
He comes to us all as the sower and sows His Word. It falls into our hearts regardless of the condition of our soil. All the hard work will pay off when your heart has been prepared to receive, incubate, and protect the precious seed of God’s Word.
The grainy, tasteless fruit is the works of the flesh. You have incubated the wrong seed in a heart lacking the nourishing minerals and elements needed to grow God’s seed. You are producing the wrong crop in a dry heart full of weeds and rocks. Your fruit hurts you and all who partake of it. It takes little effort to grow this common natural seed, it thrives in a proud, stubborn, self willed heart. It feeds on vain thoughts, and the lies of the devil. God’s seed grows in the humble heart of believers who yield to His ways on a daily basis.
Hosea 10:12-13 (NLT)
12 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.’ 13 “But you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies— trusting in your military might,
believing that great armies could make your nation safe.
Love in Him,