“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.”— Luke 8:15
The Magnolia is widely considered one of the most beautiful and fragrant trees of the South. Its large white blossoms often dot main streets and gardens across the region. But what many people don’t know is that its soil – when healthy – produces an equally wonderful aroma.
A mix of cinnamon and fresh fruit, the rich smell of a Southern Magnolia’s soil is a sure sign that the tree is in good condition. But the opposite is also true. When diseased or decaying, its soil produces a rancid, putrid smell that’s unmistakable. Like so many other things in creation, it’s the health of what is unseen that allows the tree to flourish.
What about you today? How healthy is the unseen soil of your heart? Are you filled with jealousy, anger, or fear? Are you holding onto a pain in your past that’s poisoning your future?
God wants to produce good fruit in your life – fruit that will bless you and those around you. But fruit can only flourish in healthy soil.
God can till and nurture your heart so it becomes a healthier foundation for spiritual growth. So let Him start to grow something beautiful in your life today!
Ask God to fill your heart and mind with thoughts and ambitions that reflect His character.
Questions for thought
What are some things in your heart keeping good fruit from growing in your life? For example, do you harbor an attitude of unforgiveness, pride, or maybe bitterness?
What steps can you take to move to a place of healing and health?