Luke 8:15 says ‘but the seed on good soil stands for those with a good and noble heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.’ The Gospel of Mark brings added dimension to the idea of producing a crop saying that the seed on good soil will ‘produce a crop….thirty, sixty, or even one hundred times what was sown.’(Mark 4:20) The idea Jesus brings forth is that of harvesting a big crop as a result of what comes from the heart.
What is overflowing from your heart to bring a harvest in your surroundings? Gal. 5:22, 23 speaks of kingdom fruit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are things that come from the heart; however, their exact opposites can also come from the heart. The degree to which kingdom fruit saturates your spiritual and emotional surroundings is the degree to which you are operating and choosing the heart of a king. The degree to which these things overflow from you is the degree to which you bring kingdom influence to the spiritual and emotional climate among the people you lead. The degree to which you influence these people for the Kingdom is the initial crop, the 10, 20, or 30 fold harvest, i.e. your direct influence upon them. The harvest is increased to 40, 50, 60 fold and beyond as they in turn bring kingdom influence to people in their sphere of relationships.
You may say ‘what about authority, power, healing, prophecy, spiritual gifts, etc.’? You can manifest spiritual gifts yet bear little fruit in your life or ministry. Why? Because you demonstrate impatience with people you lead, are unfaithful in the little things of leadership, don’t walk in love, or lack self-control in your speech or actions! People see the heart of a wounded warrior, the self-promoting prophet, an unfaithful compromiser, or a prideful pastor. But…they do not see the heart of a king.So what do you do? Yield your heart, not just your mind, to the work of grace.
- Actively release from your heart those things inconsistent with the Kingdom of God i.e. not identified in Gal. 5:22, 23.
- Recognize and agree with your responsibility to CHOOSE the heart of a king.
- ommit your heart to the gospel of the Kingdom of God, not just to personal abundance