Day Twenty-Two: Cultivating Your Soil
"For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?" "Sir," the man replied, "leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down." Luke 13:7-9 NIVGod sees the potential in us even when we (or others) don’t see it in ourselves. But in order to be good soil, it needs to be cultivated. Otherwise, the fig tree that lies within you will not bear its fruit. Here are some things you can do to cultivate your soil:
Dig around it- Digging in the soil means uncovering the weeds and rocks that prevent the seed from healthy growth. What things in your life are preventing you from producing the Christ like character you desire?
Fertilize it- Fertilizer provides soil with nutrients that it needs to grow. For Christians, it means feeding yourself with the word of God and avoiding things contrary to the Word so that fruit can grow.
Keep the roots strong- Trees have roots that allow those nutrients to permeate the tree. You cannot only read the word of God, but you must apply it to your life. Furthermore, you must remain in constant communication with the Gardner. Prayer is essential to keep your roots strong and help you remain connected to the ultimate source of life.
What things can you do to cultivate your soil today?
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