The Big Picture – Part 14

How Does Your Garden Grow?

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt. 11:12.

Yes, seeds have been planted, watered and left to seek the sun. How does your garden grow? God has placed the precious seed of Life, the Word, into your heart. How is it doing? Is it being fruitful and multiplying or is it dormant and unseen, remaining in the earth? God did not plant a seed to take up space in the earth but to subdue the earth and have authority over it. To rise above its humble beginnings and produce a tree with shade and fruitful sustenance, protection and provision for all who are under it.

This is the very call for the sons of God, to become complete, mature like our Seedbearer — the Father. So that when others taste and see our fruit, they taste and see the Father. “… he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” John 14:9.

So, again, whether or not the seed that was planted grows into full maturity has nothing to do with the condition of the seed — the seed is perfect, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Peter 1:3 — it is the fruit that will tell the story of the soil — your heart — whether it is good or bad.

So it is your responsibility to nurture and care for the seed, giving it water and sonlight and the atmosphere of faith. Keep adding the water of the Word, presenting yourself before God a living sacrifice, believing unto good works so that the seed will become fully mature and produce the righteousness of God in Christ. You must work out what God has worked in.

Now I know that what I am about to say will confuse and concern some of you that want to believe your salvation is entirely dependent on what you think about Christ. And it is, just as surely as the Word of His Redemption has entered your ear and settled in your mind and become Life to you through the knowledge of God by faith.

You see the key is the faith that activates the doing. Having a knowledge that does not produce fruit is like a placing a light under a bushel. It is of no effect and has no virtue to be seen. What good is it? We are told to, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16.
God never needed a light that is not seen, never spoke a word that is was not to be heard, never created a son that is not to be known and seen and heard. We are here for the express and supreme purpose of making manifest — showing forth — the Goodness and Mercy and Love and Peace and Holiness, and, and … all that I AM to the world. That is the fruit of His Spirit in us that is striving to make Him known through us.

Now here is what I want to say that might set you back. We are to bear fruit. We are to work diligently at it, not us, not I but Christ in me, worketh through the seed of the Father, the water of the Word and putting to death of mySelf to remove the outer shell of me and reveal the inner truth of Him in me.

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matt. 7:17-20.

The Father is the Vinedresser. He will prune every branch that is presented to Him. You must make the presentation by the will of your heart. Seek the Son while He may be found.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” John 15:1-8.

O yes, child of God, rise up to the full stature and measure of Christ so that the Father may be seen and known to the world. Bear fruit. Become the son you were made in Christ to be before the foundationS. of the world. There is much glory in sonship for the son shows forth the glory of the Father and the Father shares his glory with the son.

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” James 5:7.

“And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.” Matt. 21:34.

When God plants the seed of His Word in your heart He is looking for the Son-ripened fruit. How does your garden grow?