Producing a Heart that is Fruitful

Matthew 13:23
“But the one sown on the good ground — this is one who hears and understands the word, who does produce fruit and yields: some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown.”

Good fruit is the product of good soil. When you have ground that is rich in nutrients you are capable of growing almost anything. That kind of soil takes work though. You have to keep it maintained, so it doesn’t get overrun by weeds. The same goes for our hearts. When we have fertile soil that is full of God’s words we produce spiritual fruit. We need to work at producing a heart that is fruitful.

What is the State of Your Heart?
The parable of the sower is probably the best known of all of them. Jesus shared it to explain why some people don’t produce fruit in their lives. You had four types of soil; hard, rocky, weedy, and good soil. The hard soil represents the heart that is closed to Jesus and God’s word. Nothing penetrates it. The rocky soil represents the shallow heart that wants to live for Jesus but doesn’t go too deep and when trials hit they wither. The thorny soil is the believer who knows the word of God but the cares of the world are more important, and it chokes it out. We are going to focus on the good soil. These are the hearts that want to be fruitful in their daily walk with Jesus. They hear the word of God, and it takes root. When the harvest comes, they produce up to one hundred times what was planted. How do we live a fruitful life like this?