Duane Vander Klok
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
No matter where you are in your relationship with God, He is always calling you deeper. We can grow in our relationship with Him by glorifying Him as God, giving thanks, using our imaginations to meditate on His Word, and keeping a soft and receptive heart. When we talk about your heart we are referring to your soul and spirit. Your soul includes your mind, will, and emotions, and your spirit is the part of you that connects with God and will live forever in heaven with Him.
Your actions, thoughts, decisions, and attitude all come from the overflow of your heart. Like a fountain, what you put in is what will come out. Many people think that you either have a good heart or a bad heart, but your heart is not stagnant – you can make it good or make it bad. The condition of your heart is based on the seed that you sow into it. As you feed it with the Word of God, your heart, thoughts, and actions will move toward Him.
You may have been able to cram for a test in school to pass a test, but sowing the Word of God into your heart is not a system that can be bypassed. You cannot cram thirty years of spiritual growth into a few weeks. You need to let the Word of God get planted in your heart and grow into a harvest.
Because your heart is like a field, it will produce whatever you sow into it. You can sow lust, pride, fear, envy, greed, and many other things into your heart that will choke the Word. But rather than sowing destructive seeds, you can choose to sow the perfect, good, and faithful Word of God and watch it blossom and overflow in your life.