In the bible Jesus paints the picture of the truly understanding heart, the one of good soil receiving seed deeply so that it will take root, grow, and produce fruit (Matthew 13).
I suppose that, if I decide to plant something, I must learn to wait patiently for the fruits of my labor, there are different seasons, and different fruits… If I reap afore the proper time, I will bring damage to the plantation, and my fruits will not be tasty, nor suitable for consumption. Besides the waiting, I must understand that the fruitful growth happens best when the soil is yielded and ready.
In a comparison, I could say that we can only grow and bear fruit when we submit the soils of our hearts continually to the ongoing work of the gospel.
God also refers to us as His garden:
My sweetheart, my bride, is a secret garden,
a walled garden, a private spring;
Songs of Songs 4:12
If you have ever seen a garden you also know that the only thing you need to do to ruin a it is to leave it alone. A neglected or abandoned garden is usually inhospitable, full of weeds, the plants are wild and untended. Any beautiful garden requires time, ability and enthusiasm to maintain it. You will need to put into hard work and lots of care to enjoy see flowers and the beauty of nature.
I believe that God sees our lives as His field, He is willing to plow, cultivate and soak the soil of our heart with His grace, but we need to allow His Spirit to work on us. We have to pursue submission, transparency, patience, and intimacy Him, believing that He is working for the good.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.
“the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law;”
He is our faithful Gardner, and the fruit is the out-cropping of the love of Christ in our lives for the nourishment of the church.
But, Everything that you we try to do by the strength of our hands will come to nothing unless you do it through an abiding dependence on the enablement of Christ. Let us come near Him, because He is the true vine, and Our Father is the Gardner. (John 15:1).
“for it is God who works in you to will
and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.”