Our faith can be such a sensitive thing. Without careful attention to details, it can become damaged or sick.
When we plant a fruit tree in the ground, we expect at some time in the future, that we will be able to eat the sweet fruit. However, the condition of the tree will have a direct affect of the quality of the fruit.
- Soil Condition
- Access To Water
- Weather Conditions
All have a vital part to play in the life of this tree.
It is very much the same (metaphorically) when it comes to our faith.
There is so much information out there now a days. We have access to an endless supply of it through electronic media, books etc. But not all of it has the essential nutrients needed to create a good and healthy faith life.
We have to be careful that we do not feed our faith with lies and compromise in this ever changing world. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. His rules don’t change just because society does.
The only way that we as children of God can guard ourselves from being affected by this, is to ensure that we are:
- Planted in Good Soil (The Word of God & Holy Spirit)
- Access to Quality Water (The Word of God & Holy Spirit)
- Good Nutrients (The Word of God & Holy Spirit)
- Favorable Weather Conditions (The Word of God & Holy Spirit)
- Good Positioning (The Word of God & Holy Spirit)
God has given us all of what we need in His Word. God has even thrown in the Holy Spirit as an added bonus. If we follow the instructions from these two things, we cant go wrong. If you look at it, one will never contradict the other. The Word of God will ALWAYS line up with the Holy Spirit.
If we don’t take planting tips from any other source, we will all be on the right track toward a healthy crop. Happy planting.
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”