“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
The influences we allow in our lives and those we open ourselves up to can bear wonderful fruit and life-giving harvests – or they can bring forth evil consequences and devastation. Influences will eventually infiltrate our hearts and direct our thoughts and decisions. The things we tap into will eventually show up in our lives. The fruit will reveal the root; that’s the way we were designed.
Our spirit is like the soil that provides the environment for reproduction, and our roots draw from whatever source they are planted in. If we extend our roots out to tap from evil sources and buy into worldly ideals and values, our life will eventually produce worldly fruit. But if we tap into the life of the Word of God by meditating on it, fellowshipping our faith with other believers and spend time praying in the spirit, we will tap into the sources of life, power, blessing and the strength of God, Himself. Believe it or not, that’s what the Bible teaches.
What has your root system been tapping into lately? Have you taken an objective look at the fruit you’ve been producing? Your actions and attitudes, decisions and motives all say many things about you. I think if we all took an honest look at what our fruit is saying about us, we’d all start tapping into the rich resources of the Word of God with a more committed, vital focus on our future.
The Bible goes on to teach us that our words direct our future both in the ways of life and death (Pr. 21:18). That’s why I believe that no matter how bad things get in our lives, we always have the option to fill our hearts with the words of blessing and promises of God, change how we talk about ourselves and by doing so, effectively bring about the wonderful provisions God has promised in His Word.
If you don’t like the fruit, redirect your roots; because that’s what will show up when all is said and done…life or death, blessing or cursing, wholeness or lack… it’s really our call.