The Bible says the word of God is a seed. It has life and can produce fruits when planted in our lives. Are you planting this seed and bearing fruits or living a superficial spiritual life without any fruits? In the last post – Living a fruitful life (Part 1), we saw how we need to prepare our hearts and receive God’s word. Let’s continue the remaining part in this post.
Keeping the seed:
After receiving the word, we need to keep and also protect it. Satan will attack in all possible ways to prevent the seed from taking root in our life. He will try to distort the truth. He will get us into circumstances to doubt God’s word. We need to hold on to the word. How many of you remember a sermon or a meditation a month later? Unless we receive and start applying the word in our life, it will soon fade away from memory. It is great if we can remember and it is also beneficial to go back and review, but we need to apply God’s word to make it part of our life.
Keeping the word is not just passive, it is an aggressive fight to protect our possession. It is part of our daily walk putting on the armor of God, overcoming the enemy and moving forward towards victory. Keeping is also providing a favorable environment for the seed to grow. We need to grow deeper every day in our relationship with God which nurtures the growth process.
Growing the seed:
Apostle Paul said God is the one who grows the seed. If we prepare our hearts, receive with an intention of producing fruits, retain the seed and depend on God, he will grow the seed in our life. Many of us do not perform our part and wonder why we are not seeing the fruits in our life. You see, God’s word is alive and when planted in a good heart, it will fulfill its purpose.
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We cannot produce fruits on our own. We need to have faith and trust in God to grow the seed in our lives. We need to be connected with Christ for being alive spiritually and bear fruits. Producing a fruit is not fast, it may take time. We need to endure the growth process with patience depending on God in each stage. When we remain in Christ being filled with the holy spirit, his spirit will produce fruits of the word in our lives.
God has chosen us before the foundation of the earth to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. He has given his word as a seed to produce fruits which transforms us to the likeness of Christ. Yet, many of us take it easy on how we handle this seed. Is your heart a good soil for God’s word to take root and grow? Are you receiving the word with a real intention of growing? Are you protecting the seeds God planted in your life? Are you growing in your relationship with God and becoming more like Christ every day living a fruitful life?
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. – Luke 8:11-15