Many people will start to open their heart to God during praise and worship, and tell Him how much they love Him and want to serve Him but after church is over they don’t follow through. It’s good to open our hearts to God, but we can’t stop there.
If you open up your heart to God and that’s it, your heart becomes fallow. Say, what? Yes. It is in the Bible.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 NKJV
I want to point your attention to the phrase, “break up your fallow ground,” in this verse. When a farmer goes to cultivate his land he must first plow the ground and then till/sow/cultivate it. Let’s bring it home.
Ground = Heart
If you plow ground and leave it (without sowing anything), it becomes fallow ground. We then have a responsibility if we want to grow. It says, “sow for yourselves righteousness.” We are to put in our heart things that show us how to live right. Where are we going to find that information? The Bible.
Seed = Word of God
Plant seeds and you will get fruit. Plant the Word of God and you will get the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Bringing fruit to maturity takes hard work. Just like tending a garden in the natural, it needs sunlight and water or it will die.
Sunlight = Jesus
Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), and without His strength we will fail.
Water = Presence of God
We need the presence of God. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Jesus talking to the woman at the well and He talks about worshipping in spirit and in truth (John 4:13-24).
The phrase fallow ground is found in the Bible only one more time.…Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns. Jeremiah 4:3b NKJV The word thorns here reminded me of the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:5-15.
Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. Luke 8:14 NKJV
The people that are going to live their lives as immature Christians are the ones who are too busy to cultivate their heart. (I’ve been there. Sometimes I’ve had to “break up” with complacency to help me “break up” my fallow ground.)
You reap what you sow. What are you sowing?