For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. . . And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:7-8 & 11-12)
Lord, I want to be land that receives your blessing. You have indeed provided rain for me. You have refreshed me over and over and have soaked me with good things — life, love, peace, security, grace, and more. Your rain has nourished me. You have carefully tended me and made me into rich soil.
Remind me, Lord, that land is not nourished for its own sake. The purpose of land is to give life; it is nourished so it can bear fruit. Don’t allow me to be fallow ground, Lord.
Actually, I guess, good soil cannot remain fallow; it WILL produce something. Something WILL grow in rich soil. Something WILL grow in my life, for you have nourished it. Let it be a good crop, Father. Keep me from bearing thorns and thistles! Instead, produce in me a crop useful for the sake of others, one that blesses your name.
I love how you work! If I am available to you and live faithfully with you, if I abide in you, you WILL tend my soil and, in turn, you WILL grow a good crop in me. Others WILL be fed and your name WILL be honored. And then, the icing on the cake, you say here that I WILL receive a blessing.
This is good from beginning to end, Father! I am grateful to share with you in your kingdom. I will abide in you. Help me to be faithful, to hold earnestly to this great hope in you, to be diligent, to learn from those who have gone before, and to live with faith and patience.
Be glorified, Lord, in the fruit of my life.