The Spiritually Sensitive Heart
MATTHEW 13:8, 23--“But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. . . . But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
“Enjoyed your sermon, pastor,” the man said Sunday after Sunday. Then I happened on some information about his lifestyle. “Enjoyed your sermon,” he said the next Sunday, as usual. I pulled him aside, and asked, “What are you going to do about it?”
People with spiritually sensitive hearts bear fruit because their hearts are receptive.
Good soil knows the sharpness of the hoe, the slicing of the plow, the dampness of the rain. God is your heart’s gardener. He will stir your heart and open it. His Spirit will soak it with softening moisture.
If you are in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you can say with Paul, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:3–5).
Spiritual Heart Focus
Submit your heart to God for His "gardening" work to make it spiritually sensitive and receptive to His Word.
Physical Heart Focus
For healthy weight loss, exercise alone is not enough, but there must be an overall program that includes dieting.