Every part of our physical body is important for optimal living, but certain parts are absolutely vital; we cannot live without them. One of these is the heart. Comprised of four chambers, along with nerves, tissues, and vessels, this organ continuously pumps blood throughout the body. If it ceases to function for even a short time, death occurs. The Bible speaks of the spiritual heart of man, out of which flows spiritual life. That is my focus here because the spiritual aspects of the heart are especially significant to our growth in the Father. The heart is the soil bed in which seeds are sown, which, when they mature, produce fruit. These seeds represent what we allow to be sown into our hearts, whether good or bad. One might be the seed of deception, which leads to disobedience and carnality, with sin as its fruit. Or it might be the seed of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, which produces the fruit of a Spirit-led life.
The garden of Eden was characterized by complete order, just as the Father had created it. His purpose for every created thing was that they would serve the “sons of God,” of which Adam was the first. Created in the image and likeness of the Father, fashioned and formed intricately by His hands, Adam’s life was connected to the Father in every way. His functionality was fully enabled by the glory of the Father that surrounded him. One of the marvelous things about creation is that all living things reproduce after their own kind. Whether trees, plants, birds, animals, fish, etc., all creatures reproduce according to their own likeness. Even with mankind, a man and a woman produce children. It is impossible for nature to produce children, and equally impossible for a man and a woman to produce nature.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they brought disorder into their hearts and produced the works of the flesh. The tragic ramifications of their disobedience is revealed all too clearly in the story of Cain, who murders his brother Abel out of jealousy, anger, and rage. Although this is the first recorded incident of human murder in the Scriptures, there is one whom the Scriptures describe as being “a murderer from the beginning.” Commonly known as the “devil,” he is no angel of light (he only makes himself appear like one), but a manipulative deceiver and liar, a sower of discord and an accuser of the brethren whose food is dirt, which represents carnality. As man in the garden embraced the deceiver’s lies and sinned, those seeds of deception were sown into their hearts, producing both physical and spiritual death. With this choice, their hearts became separated from the Father, and by hiding from Him they chose another way. The bitter fruit of their sinful choice still plagues the world today: chaos, disorder, confusion, disobedience, wickedness, perversion, and the like.
Absence of the Father’s heart and ways in our life causes pain more than anything else. Pride and stubbornness are inhibitors that blind the hearts of people from knowing the Father and His purpose. In His goodness, He has never given up on His children—and He never will. No matter how offended or even hardened our hearts may become toward the Father, He never relates to us in a manner of being uncovenanted. He is a covenant Father and abides by what He declares. There is no human standard by which we can measure the depth, width, height, or character of the Father. He is far above and all of that! The more our love toward Him grows, the more we will crave Him. Our hearts will soften with a deep hunger to have His heart and His ways. Christ is the vine, we are the branches, and the Father is the husbandman.