For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it. Hebrews 6: 4-8
Each time I come across this passage I am often left asking a few questions of my heart. If I am a follower of Christ, if I have been enlighten by His truth does my life show it? If I have experienced and tasted the goodness of God do others see His goodness in me? Does the ground of my heart soak up His truth? Do I allow His word to penetrate all of my life so that a good fruit can bear forth?
Oh Father how I desire a heart that so pliable and ready to sit and soak up your Words of truth! Show me those areas that the ground of my heart might be hard. Help me to give you access to all of my heart, all of my weakness, sins, and even my strengths so that I can place them at Your feet to do with them as you will. Father show me the areas of my life that are producing thorns and thistles instead of the fruit of Your word. May my life reap love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23) But apart from you I know my life will produce just the opposite of these, so Father once again I lay my life down at your feet. I surrender all that I am…help me to surrender it all. Amen
What about you? Does your life produce the fruits listed in Gal 5 or are there more thorns and thistles than you care to admit? We all will have thorns growing from time to time but there should not be field of them. Why not sit before the Lord today and ask Him what kind of “fruit” your life is truly producing. If you are walking in the Spirit of God then you life and your fruit will show it.