Faith Blog

RICH DIRT

Farmers do many things to cause the soil they work to be fertile and rich in order that they will reap a large crop.  Many gardeners spread compost on their plot.  Compost is defined by Webster's as "a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter."  It is IRONIC and fascinating to me that to grow healthy vegetables, aromatic herbs & health-giving fruit in our garden we need 'decayed organic matter' to enrich the soil.  The opposite is true of our heart.  

The Lord challenges us today in our reading in Proverbs to 'watch over [our] heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life." (Pr. 4:23)  Our hearts can be life-giving or life-defiling.  Our hearts can flow with life-giving water or can spew (see Jesus' words in yesterday's reading - Mt. 15) evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications and more.  Everything starts in our hearts.  It's been said, 'Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a life-style. Sow a life-style, reap a destiny.'  Everything starts in the heart and will be life-giving or life-defiling.  

Warren Wiersbe writes..."The heart is the 'master-control of the life; a wrong heart always produces a wrong life, to allow sin into the heart is to pollute the entire life…"  What you 'fertilize' your heart with will effect the sort of fruit your life produces.  If you spread immoral thoughts, hatred or greed, your life will bear behavior consistent with that soil.  If you 'fertilize' your heart with God's Word, love and kindness, your life will bear behavior consistent with that soil.  GUARD YOUR HEART....and what you 'fertilize' it with!  

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STOP AND ASK FOR DIRECTIONS

I’ve been having issues with Google Maps on my phone.  Recently, the directions from my app have been incorrect and misleading.  One time, I found myself following that blue arrow fruitlessly in a circle around a few streets in Dallas.  Even after I figured out it was wrong, I really didn’t know what to do.  I certainly didn’t know where I was going and Google maps didn’t either. It would have been foolish to follow either one of us so I had to stop and ask for directions.

 

In today’s scripture reading in Matthew 15, the Pharisees come to Jesus with concerns that His disciples were not washing their hands before eating, as tradition dictated. Jesus replies and rebukes the Pharisees for following the traditions of the law and not the commands of God.  Jesus goes on to say that it is not the things that go into one’s mouth that defile but rather the things that come out of our mouths (from our hearts) that defile a person – “murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (vs. 18). And in his rebuke, Jesus tells his disciples to leave the Pharisees because they are blind guides (vs. 14).

 

In this account, Jesus calls out the Pharisees and the disciples for being blind (If the blind, lead the blind, both will fall into a pit….vs. 14). We are all blind followers in need of good direction. Who are you following today?  Is it Jesus? His commands? His teachings? Or is it something else or someone else entirely?  Maybe a tradition that you have clung to. Or a person who is leading you astray.  To follow anyone or anything other than God is like me trying to follow Google Maps as it led me to nowhere. Today, stop and ask your Father for directions. He knows the way to truly live and He will lead you on the path to Him.

 

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