I believe that people can change their habits and impact others by evaluating what they are becoming as a product of their choices. These changes are superficial but impactful nonetheless. Ultimately, Christ intervenes into our life, plants a seed and reaps a harvest from the well cultivated soil of our life that is compromised of the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects.
A backyard garden is created for the benefit of self. A field planted for harvest is for the benefit of others.The fruit of the Spirit in our life is intended for the benefit of others- not for the glorification of ourself
The soil of my life has had many seasons and many more are to come. It has required the daily choice to die to myself, pick up my cross and follow Christ. Not because I want to but because HE wants me to. Some seasons have been nutrient rich and dense and fruitful. Others, from the outside view have appeared to be full of weeds or in disarray but with deep healthy roots, other seasons have been still and restful. Some seasons have been painful with hard tilling. But through it all I am seeing that the soil of my life is cultivating a life of faith. It is producing something that can only come with time, effort and resources. Emotional, physical and spiritual cultivation. You see, the production of the soil doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to God. And at the right time the seeds that HE has placed will spring forth life and reap a harvest. I am not asked by God to plant a vineyard, I am asked to dwell and cultivate. The work belongs to the Lord and will be in His timing.