God can grow amazing fruit in the garden of our heart; however, our heart must be humble enough to receive His Word and disciplined enough to keep it pure. We cannot infest ourselves with the thorns of sin and expect the pure fruit of God to grow in the garden of our heart. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said: “Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:7-8) And what did this mean? He said: “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:22-23) What are the thorns which keep us from becoming all we were created to be? I thought the “thorns” of life were better than the fruit God had to offer and thus, my life was fruitless for many years. The soil of my heart was overrun with the thorns of achieving my own success, searching for love, making money, creating my own posterity, etc. My “achievements” were attained among the thorns of my own will. I was thick in the thorns of my unfulfilling “success” when God touched the one small patch of holy ground in my heart where I had tucked Him away many years ago when He saved me. His love humbled me and He began to transform my heart. He helped me start ripping out the thorns and weeds and began planting the seeds of His Word in the places where the ground was cleared in my heart. Now–the fruit He is growing in the garden of my heart is marvelous! While the thorns hid the sunlight of His glory–I would have never imagined this to be possible! What God does with our heart when we yield to Him, creates the most amazing transformation we will ever experience. The desert of our heart becomes a garden of life and–there is no mistake about WHO owns the garden!