Walking with God
Jesus then proceeded to explain the parable of the sower to his disciples. When the word is preached into the hearing of an individual, he or she has the responsibility to ascertain what they have heard and ensure that they understand it. If for some reason, they have not, they are to seek further help to insure a grounded understanding of the message. In our attempts to build on our comprehension of the word and message, relationships are formed–hence the formation of friendship/mentorship. When life happens – the school of hard knocks, and the rain descends and the floods come and you are faced with trials and tribulation; whether they are a consequence of your new faith in Christ, the reaping of unethical behavioral seeds which we have sown or just the issues of life’s hardship, you will be better prepared to weather the storm with more mature Christian help in your circle of trust than standing alone as a new believer or an uninformed Christian.
My ground and my heart are one of the same. What I allow in my heart I allow in my ground. There is a seed that has been planted in my ground and I hold the code to access its irrigation system. You and I have the ability to water our ground (read the word daily) as frequently as need to ensure the success of the seed and a healthier relationship with God in Christ. Should we not take time for God and his word, we will malnourish our Christian life and hurt our walk with God and suffer loss for it. The word of God guarantees us, that if we humble ourselves before God in prayer with a desire to seek his face and forsake our wicked ways; He will see our sincerity of heart, cleanse us and forgive our iniquity then heal our ground (heart) for His purpose.
When we entertain things that unwittingly program or reprogram who we are through malicious content to our souls, at first these activities, trend of thinking or behaviors as long as they are not concurrently inflicting physical harm on another we view them as harmless and give them a rite of passage. Maybe even find them funny while enjoying the variety in their climatic costal breeze. Deep down in some of us, we may be aware of future potential damage and negative vibes associated and attracted to the lurking consequences of our actions. As life goes on and our desire to remain at the foot of the cross lessens, subconsciously we are becoming someone else other than the person God wants us to be. We may not yet be totally aware of the spiritual shift that has taken place until real damage is done to our spiritual character as it relates to our confidence before God (spiritual integrity). Soon it could begin to reflect stains on our public image.
When the bible references Wheat and Tares growing together it’s a metaphor of Good ground and Bad ground adjoined together in the field (world). Each ground has a personal pulse but is to attach itself to the independent pulse of the Kingdom which is Christ. Very much like the Wheat and Tares growing together independently. They may look alike, act alike and may appear to have the same destiny within the plans of the Master. Though it may be difficult for you and I to tell one ground from another, this is not so with the Master. Remember, it is disobedience that keeps our hearts uncultivated and uncultured in the church of Jesus Christ.
The Master of the Kingdom has the ability to see the end of the ground’s season from the beginning, and it’s fruitfulness before the first bud. In the Master’s Kingdom, the Word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. It is capable of piercing and dividing the soul from the spirit, the joints from the marrow and is competent in its discernment of the thoughts and intentions of the heart. That leaves the heart rather naked and totally exposed before God.
In Jeremiah 17:9-10; we are told that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? Realizing these basic yet pertinent truths about the heart gives us reason to be cautious particularly, when it comes from the maker and designer of the human body himself. If we are being encourage and under advisement when relating to the heart and its ability to mislead and deceive us; then the need exist to align one’s heart to something or someone in the form of an anchor. Someone who is capable of keeping what we deposit to him for safe keeping into his care. Is reliable, unchanging, self-existing, and all-knowing and has stood the tests of time with proven results and can protect us from our uncultured and alienated hearts. Only the Word of God and an engaged relationship with Christ can provide the security and stability the human soul needs.
In Matthew chapter 7, we see the grounds that have repeatedly and deliberately ignored the admonition of the Christ as well as the encouragement of the saints regarding the need to prepare their hearts for maximum impact from the word. The word that aides in the development and fruitfulness of the seed that becomes the tree we are predestined to be. We see Jesus renouncing a group of Christians who misemploy and fraudulently use the church. He said and I paraphrase ‘you have used my name to give credence to your efforts, bring financial success to your interests and misrepresented the Church for which I have died. In your personal, social and emotional endeavors, you misrepresented me for gains, but your motives were always wrong. Your hearts were never composed for my use. I never had a personal Father Son relationship with you. You allowed your heart and its desires (worldly forms of godliness) to deceive you. Now go to the one you have always served. God forbids that anyone of us would hear these condemning words from the mouth of Christ at the end of time.