We read in (Matthew 13:23) 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Mark 4:20) 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” The level of fruit bearing represents the extent that we are willing to give our life to God’s purpose. Bearing the ‘hundredfold’ fruit requires complete submission. I see an Old Testament representation of this in the form of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was the tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant until a permanent home could be established in the temple. The Tabernacle was divided into three areas: a courtyard, and two rooms inside the tent of meeting: The Holy Place and Holy of Hollies (home of the Ark). These areas represent a closeness to God. Luckily for believers now, we have complete access to God. Our only limitation is our level of commitment to giving Him control.
Our commitment can also be represented by the Holy Spirit in our lives. The courtyard represents a superficial representation of a walk with the Lord. People show an outward appearance of righteousness but always struggle in failure as they try to work their own way through life. The Holy Place represents the Holy Spirit in our heads. They know about God and what His desire for them is but submission eludes them. Seasons of fear and panic in the form of anxiety occur due to lack of understanding each moment. The Holy of Hollies is the dwelling of God in our hearts and our complete submission. The sovereignty of God is trusted through faith in all situations. There is an open lie of communication through quiet prayer.
|100 fold||Holy of Hollies||Heart|
|60 fold||Holy Place||Head|
The difference between God in our heads and in our hearts is the difference between ‘Knowing God’ and Knowing About God’. Knowing about God is important but falls short of being in His presence and in intimate fellowship with the Creator.