Spring is here and it is time to get outside and enjoy some time in the garden.
The Bible says we are to be fruitful and multiply. 🙂 Often we read this and think of childbearing.
How often do we think of gardening when we read this verse?
I have to admit I do not have a green thumb. It is a real struggle to keep those plants alive, Yet there are so many lessons to be found in gardening.
If we want to be fruitful we need to consider the season we are in.
I am not just speaking of the physical but also the spiritual.
Gardening requires time, attention, and intention.
Much like growing in our faith, there is a commitment we must make in order to be successful in our endeavor. The first year we planted a garden we didn’t consider the foundation; when it rained it flooded everything. We needed to raise it up. But we still didn’t really consider the sun and the soil. Because of numerous black walnut trees, there are only certain things we can plant that will grow. Since we do not get a lot of sun in the area, we can only grow those things that do not need a lot of sun. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.
We cannot just take seeds and throw them in the dirt. We must learn just what they need most.
So too there are things that we need in order to grow in Christ.
Did you know that man’s first job was to cultivate and keep a garden? The Hebrew word for cultivate can be translated as “to serve.” Cultivating or serving the Lord for His purpose. Growing those things He cares for most.
As we grow in the Lord we need to be sure that we are planted in that good soil which is Christ. We need to be sure that we are getting enough salt and light from His Word and time in prayer, and of course that refreshing water or good fellowship with other believers. In this way, we will find ourselves with a strong foundation, deep roots, and a close walk with our Abba Father.
As we consider what we shall grow in that earthly garden, let us consider what we are growing in our own spiritual gardens. The fruit of the Spirit: love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness temperance. If we abide in Him, He will abide in us and we will bear much fruit. May there be joy and gladness found in us; thanksgiving and the sound of singing. Shalom, chaverim!
Thank you to Jennifer K. @ A Peace of Mind for writing this post.
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