I once had a very large thriving basil plant. It had two main branches then several branches coming from those. Through the course of some harsh moves and having to bring the plant indoor for the winter it died down to the point I thought it was a goner. Given the set up of my apartment the indoor plants did not get much sun light. I have 4 thriving house plants and an almost dead basil plant. But I now see the evidence of spring because the basil plant is back outdoors and the one remaining live branch is peeking up. I even noted some small new buds. The plant is not dead after all. Plus I now have 4 new little plants growing
One of my favorite parables in the Bible is the parable of the sower.
“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:23
There are so many factors that influence a plants growth. Just like there are so many factors that influence our spiritual growth. We often think or are taught that we in ourselves can produce and bear good fruit. But the truth is we can only bear an abundant crop through living the lives God has called us to live. It is through Christ we bear good fruit. We need good soil so that a seed can grow. We need water and sunlight so that it can stay alive. Jesus is the living water. Jesus is the light of the world. Apart from the light and water of Jesus we all are like my basil plant in the winter. We loss our branches. We stop bearing fruit.
Are you getting enough sunlight and water from Jesus to thrive and produce good fruits? Are you hearing God’s words, understanding and then obeying them? Is your soil good soil? If you answer is no then ask Jesus to supply what you need. Ask him to lead you to a place that will help you connect to the source of life Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. Amen
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