The key to growth is staying teachable, which brings life and God’s good pleasure.
I grew up with a performance mindset and thought God desired perfection. He had to change my mindset to be set on truth. That truth is that God desires a humble heart, a teachable spirit, and a repentant posture, not perfection. Everything changes when we pursue humility.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me a fresh revelation while reading the Parable of the Sower. In the past, I read this illustration as one of salvation but there is more to it.
A farmer went out to sow His seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 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. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” -Matthew 13:3-9
You see, there are many who have gone to church their whole life, they believe in God and they even serve. Yet they are stuck in the same patterns and attitudes. This was me and I see it often in others. Yes, we are good moral Christians according to the standards of the world but God is after our heart. God wants us to daily yield and to keep our hearts surrendered.
We must not only hear the word of God but we must let it fall on good teachable soil and to take root. Then we will bear lasting fruit that changes us and others all around us.
“Lord give me a humble heart and a teachable spirit. Forgive me for the pride that has separated me from you. I want your words to fall on fertile ground. I want to grow lasting fruit that will impact those all around me. Amen.”