Hebrews 6:7 says, “the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.”

I find this passage fascinating.  The common factor in these verses is the rain.  It comes upon the ground.  Jesus said as much in Matthew 5:45 when he taught that rain is sent upon the just and on the unjust.  However, what it produces is vastly different. 

On some ground it produces herbs that are useful, on other ground it brings forth thorns and briers.  The ground that produces the herbs is said to receive the “blessing from God”.  The ground that produces the thorns and briers is cursed and relegated to be burned.  What is the difference maker?  Is it not the work of the farmer or gardener who works the ground?  

For instance, if left alone what will the ground naturally produce?  Will it not produce weeds, thorns, and briers?  Left to itself, the ground will grow wild and untamed.  That is why man is given dominion over it to work it and make something useful out of it.  Given enough cultivation, planting, and care, the soil will produce a good crop.  

Now, how does this apply to us spiritually?  Well, I believe God pours forth his rain upon us. He blesses us with abilities, health, and strength to produce. By our nature, we will use this gift to produce sinful deeds such as this mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10.  We will lie, cheat, steal, defile, and destroy.  That is our nature.  However, if we surrender ourselves to Christ and allow him to cultivate the soil of our heart we will not only rid ourselves of the weeds in our lives, but we can also begin to produce the fruits of righteousness.  

How does this cultivation happen?  First of all, through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Second, through faithful obedience to His Word and His promises.  Third, through prayer and communion with Christ.  The author of Hebrews says, “God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name…”  Malachi refers to it as a “book of remembrance” written for this who fear the Lord and mediate on His name.  God will not forget the faithful.  Jesus said, “every tree is known by its fruit.”  The question is what fruit are you producing?

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