Last month, as I tackled the task of clearing out the damaged plants the February freeze caused, several things struck me which not only applied to my plants, but to my spiritual life as well. The main thing I realized is don’t neglect the soil.
After I removed the dead plants, I saw the soil they grew in. Throughout the life of these plants, I didn’t pay close enough attention to the soil. Sure. I watered the plants, but I didn’t bother too much with the condition of the soil. You might say once planted, those plants were on their own.
We may not pay close enough attention to the condition of our spiritual soil to make sure it produces a healthy environment for growth. We may throw a few Bible verses or prayers at it, but we don’t invest the necessary time to make sure it is enriched. Just as with my plants, our spiritual soil will only be enriched to the degree we invest in it.
As I cut back the dead foliage, I discovered leafless vines. There was very little to show for their existence. They weren’t productive.
We can have wandering leafless vines in our spiritual soil too. There isn’t much to show for its existence. It doesn’t produce fruit as evidence of the Spirit living in us.
Some of the plants reached outside the flower pots and sunk their roots into cracks in search of a better place to grow.
If we don’t tend to and nourish our spiritual soil, we may decide to go hunting around in the cracks for some place else to grow.
It took a deep hard freeze to make me pay attention to my plants’ soil. Sometimes it takes a deep hard freeze in our life to make us pay attention to our spiritual soil.
Jesus tells us he is the true vine. We can do nothing apart from him.
The best way I’ve found to stay attached to the True Vine is to make sure I don’t neglect my spiritual soil.
What do you do to make sure you don’t neglect your spiritual soil?
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Take care to live in me, and let me live in you. For a branch can’t produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from me. Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing. If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a useless branch, withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others and burned. John 15:4-6 (TLB)
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