All his history, man has wrestled with the soil, with weeds and blight, storm and drought. A successful crop needs care and nurture.
As people we grow, and growth is a struggle.
Jesus used plant growth as an illustration – a life, he said, that gives too much importance to material things will not grow; it will very soon be stunted.
Helpful Bible references to consider
- Jesus told a parable about a sower. In his story, the seed represents the good news about God’s Kingdom, planted in our minds by God.This seed may not take root in us at all – it may take root and then be swamped by everyday things – or it may flourish and produce the right response, the fruit that God is looking for.
- This process is under our control – we can let the ‘good news’ take root; we can encourage it to grow.
The fruit it produces in a character like that of Jesus, a life modelled on his.
(James 1:21-22; Gal.5:22-23; Phil.4:8)
- One day the harvest will come – God will look for fruit from us.
Unfruitful plants, thorns and weeds will be destroyed.
(Luke 13:6-9; John 15:1-8; Heb.6:7-8)
- In a similar Old Testament parable, God’s people, the Jews, are represented as a vine or a fig tree.
The prophets of Israel foretold a time when this nation, unfruitful and long uprooted from its land, would be replanted in the Holy Land, and ruled by a new king sitting on the throne of King David – Jesus Christ.
(Isaiah 5:7; Joel 1:6-7; Jeremiah 31:27-28; Amos 9:14-15; Luke 1:31-33)