Did you know that God expects us to produce something? That being a Christian is not about dying, it is about living! Living things are supposed to be productive! We are to be people that produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and it shows that we are Jesus’ disciples. When we produce good fruit, it gives glory to God, and that is what He is expecting from us.
It’s springtime, which means it’s a new season. Living in Cieszyn I see a lot of farmers plowing their fields, and getting them ready for planting. I see trees starting to come alive, flowers are starting to bloom, and people are working in their yards. It is definitely a time to remove the old, and make room for the new. Spring is a season of new life both naturally and supernaturally. God is looking to do something brand new in the lives of his people, but are they ready? God is a God of life, a God of the living. He is constantly moving forward, bringing much needed change, increasing, upgrading, expanding, and transforming the world. That is what life is and what it does, it changes, and it changes all the time. What is sad though is that people can get stuck in a religious pattern, and cherish it more than cherish God’s pattern. Religion doesn’t change, doesn’t move forward, doesn’t increase, doesn’t upgrade, doesn’t expand, and keeps people unproductive. So even in the midst of a new season, people can be stuck in a religious pattern, and will miss the opportunity to move forward. Why? They cannot see what God is doing, they cannot hear with spiritual ears, and they are comfortable in their pattern. Something is rooted in them that isn’t of the Kingdom of God, and it is buried deeper than they can see.
If you want real change this spring, change that will transform you life forever, read this carefully. If you have areas in your life (dreams, desires, plans, callings) that seem dead, old, or broken this message is for you. It’s time to allow God to dig deep into your heart, and remove things that don’t belong. Things like bitterness, fear, depression, anger, passivity, resentment, and more. It’s time for things that have been deeply rooted in your life, to be uprooted. Remember, Jesus said that God was a gardener (John 15:1), and we are like trees in his garden. He is looking at our lives to see what we are producing, and what we are not producing. Did you know that God expects us to produce something? That being a Christian is not about dying, it is about living! Living things are supposed to be productive! We are to be people that produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and it shows that we are Jesus’ disciples. When we produce good fruit, it gives glory to God, and that is what He is expecting from us.
We must allow God the gardener to dig into our hearts, and remove the things that prevent us from being productive. In the story of the four soils, Jesus is describing four different types of people. Hard soil=hard heart. Rocky soil=a person who doesn’t let the Word of Jesus go deep into them, and take root. Thorny soil=there were things planted there already, and their choking what can save us. Soft soil=a heart set free to produce what God wants. How do we get the heart that produces? We must allow God to dig up those old roots, and cleanse our hearts with his blood. When we take that step, it is a step of freedom. It isn’t pretty in the beginning to dig up things that have been there for a long time, but the freedom afterwards is worth it. This is what freedom is…it is to live again!
This year I want the people of God in Poland to have productive and free lives. I want to see people get courageous, and desire to go deeper after God than ever before. It takes courage to face the deep roots of our lives, because we’re content to allow them to be buried. However, when God comes around our lives what fruit will he find? What soil will he see? Will he find the fruit of the Spirit growing in your life, and soil that is soft? Or will he find things that were trying to grow, but have been choked by things we haven’t uprooted? Worse yet, will he find that we are a beautiful tree, no fruit, all leaves? Right now, begin to ask God to open your eyes to see what needs to come alive in your life. Ask him to reveal the rocks, thorns, and roots that need to go. Ask him for more of his presence, and freedom. This gardener is unlike any other, and is willing to do what you ask for. In the end, you will walk away transformed, and at a new level of life.