Posted by: Heather | February 25, 2010

A Fruitful Seed – Part 2 of 2

A Fruitful Seed – Part 2

In part 1 of this article, I began to share how seeds of division get planted in the hearts of people.   We have to ask the Lord for great discernment in these times.  Matthew 7:21-23 is a sobering passage:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

It’s a very sad thought to realize that these are among the body of Christ, undetected, doing Godly looking things and having the right appearance.  But, Jesus will say he never knew them.  So are the seeds of division…comments and teachings that are planted in the hearts of good people that cause division in the body of Christ.

I love the thirteenth chapter of Matthew.  For the sake of space, I won’t type all of the scripture here, but I certainly encourage you to read and study it.   There are volumes of teaching that could be done just in this single chapter.  It focuses on the parable of the sower.

There are many components that make up a successful harvest.  When you garden, you need fertilizer, water, sunlight, soil, seeds, and time.  But to get a harvest, there are 2 things you must have, or there is no harvest…seeds and a planting medium.  I was going to say soil, but in these days of technology, they can grow things without it!  🙂  But for ease of explanation, I’ll use soil.

Matthew 13 reveals many types of ground that seeds are received into, and what the results are.  Jesus explains that the type of ground represents the heart of the individual receiving the word.  The only way to get a truly fruitful harvest is to plant a good seed into good soil.   Further into the chapter (vs. 24-30), another parable is given.  It’s the parable of the wheat and the tares.

In this parable, the ground was good and the original seed was good.  But, while the sower slept, an enemy came and sowed tares (bad seeds) into the wheat.  Tares are a destructive weed.  The thing about tares is that as they grow with the wheat, you can’t tell the difference between the tare plant and the wheat plant.  It’s only when the plants reach maturity that you can tell which is which.  Then the difference is easily seen.  Tares are straight, refusing to bow, smaller, and weaker than wheat.  Wheat bows in submission to the wind, because its fruit is heavy and full.  The plant itself is full and vigorous.  The fruit of tares even looks like wheat, but it’s much smaller.  Tares have a good root system and can easily uproot the wheat.  They can actually choke the life out of the wheat.   Even though tares are a destructive crop, the worse outcome is to uproot the fruitful wheat crop in removing them.

Tares have one more quality that makes them dangerous.  They have a poisonous outer film, that when taken into the body, causes severe illness, and even death.  Violent nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, etc, are common if the fruit of tares is eaten.  But, tares can be blown away with the chaff on the threshing floor, where the separation of wheat from chaff is done.  The tares are light and can be blown away.

Good ground (a heart softened toward God) will grow anything that’s planted into it and nourished, regardless of the quality of the seed.  This is why those that do the work of tares (causing division) do such harm to the body of Christ.  Nice fertile ground can become contaminated by the bad seed as it’s allowed to grow and ripen.  As seeds of division are planted and nourished, some outward fruit might be produced.  But that fruit is harmful, and of no benefit to the body.  The fruit of tares cannot even be compared to the fruit of the true wheat, which bows in submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

I’ve written this simply to encourage us all, as followers of Christ, to be discerning.  Do everything you can by prayer and study to soften your heart (the ‘soil’) toward Christ and his words.  Be on the lookout for seeds of division, and if possible, remove them before they have the chance to plant themselves in your heart and grow.  They are much harder to get rid of after they’ve produced any kind of fruit.  And, for all of you that are involved in any type of ministry (aren’t we all, to some degree?), please ask the Lord for wisdom to restrain any thought or conversation that might plant seeds of division in your listeners.   We are to uplift the body of Christ, and speak the truth in love.  When we approach God on judgment day, we want our testimony to be that we didn’t hinder the growth of the wheat, but that we did all we could to see it prosper and be healthy in Christ.  I encourage you to be sowers of a fruitful seed!

God bless you all!

Heather

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Responses

  1. Heather, what a blessing you are! I enjoyed reading your comments, and look forward to reading more of your writing in the future. Well done! God bless you in your endeavor.

    By the way, the pesto vegetarian pizza is a favorite at our house. Mmm, mmm, good.

    • I really appreciate you reading it Andrea, and thank you for your sweet words! I’m looking forward to our time together this weekend with our girls. 🙂

      Glad you like the pizza too…wish I could find another one that compares. LOL

  2. Heather, I am blown away by your writing. I have enjoyed this more than anything I have read in a long time. Truly god brings us to understanding and revelations of the richness of His Word. I am so grateful for the blessing of this lesson.
    thank you so much for your inspiring message. Please continue writing. You bless me.

    Love, Marie

    • Marie, thank you so much! You have the distinguished honor of being my first comment. LOL I truly appreciate your encouragement, because I think the world of you as both a teacher and a writer. I hope the rest of your week is very blessed! 🙂 Love, Heather


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