God’s plan for us includes His work of transforming us into the likeness of Christ through the process of discipleship. We learn about things like repentance, baptism and resurrection (v1-3). We get to experience His goodness and power in our lives. We are shaped by these wonderful truths. But within it all, it is the state of our heart that matters most to God. He wants our heart to continue to grow in faith and trust in Him.
I am not responsible for my own salvation, but I am responsible for nurturing my heart. If I maintain a softness of heart and a teachable spirit, then I will be like the good soil that receives the rain and produces a harvest (v7). This softness will allow the Holy Spirit’s refreshing to go deep down into my very being.
So rather than fear getting a hard heart, turn your eyes to Jesus and keep your focus on Him. Do the things that keep your heart soft and your relationship with Him alive: spend time with Him, read His word, keep connected with your church family, find your small group within church, give thanks, offer Him your prayers and praise, enjoy time in nature, enjoy times of solitude or study. By doing so, you’ll keep growing stronger and receive His blessings (v7).
Father, I thank you that you want a real relationship with us, not one where we do things out of duty. May we keep our hearts soft before You so that like good soil we may receive from You in order to grow.
Written by Gab Martin