Good Roots Make Good Fruits

We have two large, silver-colored ornamental flower pots at two corners of our back porch. In those pots I put as good a potting soil mix that I know how to concoct. In addition to the hyacinth plants, last spring I also planted some small sweet potato plants. I think I put three small sweet potato plants per pot. As the summer progressed those sweet potato plants vigorously grew up, grew over, and grew out from those pots. They were taking over the porch and taking off across the lawn in all directions. I just mowed around them and let them grow. They were beautiful and healthy. I just kept shooting the water to them and they just kept growing. We enjoyed their bright green foliage the whole season. After the first frost, the dead vines were to be removed, and when Barb removed them and went ahead and dug up the roots, she was shocked to discover huge potatoes, one more than 4 inches across and 12 inches long. “No wonder those potatoes looked so good and grew so vigorously the whole season long!” we said to each other. They were well rooted in good soil. We can save those potatoes in a frost-free place and they can be planted next spring.

God’s plan for every person is that we flourish in every way. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2). Good seed in good soil will produce good fruit. The Word of God planted in a receiving, submitted heart will produce the life and nature of God in us. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance is the listed fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). When the good seed of the Word of God, is planted in the good soil of a hungering, open heart and mind, and watered regularly by the water of the Spirit of God, there will be a manifestation of the supernatural ministry and operation of God. If the fruit is not prospering, and there is little or no manifestation of God’s supernatural operation, then we need to check and see what is being planted and in what kind of soil. Or, maybe the soil needs to be broken up so the seed can be planted. Bottom line, God wants us to be living in an abundance of the good things of his supernatural power, nature, and ability in our lives for all to enjoy and for him to be glorified. When we receive his Word and his Spirit in an attitude of trusting and allowing him to have his way in our lives, he will grow and show in our lives his goodness to all.