What is the State of Your Garden?

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Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods, and we are in the process of planning our vegetable gardens for the year.  I do not have a green thumb, but fortunately, my wonderful father-in-law enjoys gardening and does the bulk of the work on the planting end so we can enjoy the rewards on the reaping end!  There is something to be said for the feeling of satisfaction that comes from eating veggies that you planted, tended, and harvested!

Recently a friend of mine made a comment that really resonated with me.  She said, “The natural state of a garden is weeds.”  When left to itself, a garden will produce…weeds.  Plain and simple.  I’ve seen it firsthand.  Even with a lot of hard work and sweat, a garden can produce more weeds than not.  You have to really stay on top of the weeding, or the desired harvest can be choked out.  Very frustrating!

This made me think about my life as a follower of Jesus Christ.  My natural state is nothing but sinful weeds.  No meaningful fruit can come from my life apart from God.  His work of tender planting and pruning is what yields fruit for His glory in my life.  And it’s hard work, both on His part and mine!  But how many times do I jeopardize that work, allowing the seeds of weeds to come into my mind through my eye-gates and ear-gates, subtly wooing me away from what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Phil. 4:8) towards the lies of the enemy of my soul.  And it can begin in such innocent fashion…but suddenly, I’m not being watered through daily interaction with God through His Word, pruned through the fellowship of believers, or fed under biblical teaching at my local assembly.  And my once beautiful garden, so tenderly and carefully tended, has become a mess of weeds.

But praise God!  He desires to lovingly restore my garden to its former beauty and fruitfulness, but it will take a lot of time and discipline.  He loves me enough to do the work…yet again…and relishes in my relationship with Him.  But oh the joy of a mature, healthy, vibrant garden!  One that has been tenderly tended by the Master Gardener through many faithful seasons!  That is my desire, and allowing destructive weeds to grow can not be an option.  I must get to know my Gardener and how He gardens, so that my choices complement His and increase my yield for His glory and the furthering of His kingdom.

So, what is the state of your garden?  Are you producing fruit…or weeds?  Allow God to do His work in your life to regain the beauty and fruitfulness He desires to cultivate for His glory.  The reward is worth the work!


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