|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 5, 2019 at 10:05 AM|
Spring is the time of year when we focus on our gardens, isn’t it? In the words of our Lord Jesus, Himself, our heavenly Father is “the gardener”. He was speaking in regards to Himself being “the vine” off of which children of God grow as “the branches”.
“No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine” (John 15:4b)
What is the purpose of this unique garden?
“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendour”
This righteous person is like a tree planted by rivers of life-giving water (Psalm 1:3).
”You who are rooted and established in love may have power, together with all the saints to grasp
how wide and long, how high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses
knowledge” (Ephesians 3:17b-19a).
Rooted….God planted each person in an environment perfectly suited to their needs. In sandy soil, in arid ground, some seeds produce better fruit in a humid environment….He knows why He has specifically put us into the homes, families, and culture where we find ourselves. That is one thing over which we have absolutely no control, but yield to the will of our Sovereign God, who planted us there for His purposes. Not only is this for our best growth and development, but that we also may impact the area around us. A mighty oak tree provides shade and nuts. ….etc.
When we are firmly rooted, spiritually, we become like the Gardener – established in love. We have mentioned before how God’s character is the essence of love! In a world which often distorts the very concept of love, how reassuring it is to know that God is infinite and unchanging in His love. “Love does what is for another’s ultimate good”! Therefore the Gardener lovingly prunes the branches (:2) so they will bear more fruit. Discipline may be endured for the moment, if we realize that ultimately we will show God’s glorious character described by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5 as the (fruit of the Spirit”;).
Not only does God water His garden but life-giving nourishment comes from the Word of God planted in the hearts of believers by the Holy Spirit (James 1:21). There are weeds of course to be dealt with. Jesus told His disciples that every plant not planted by the Father, would be pulled up by the roots (Matthew 15:13). In spite of the weeds, God faithfully tends the plants in His garden. His mercies are new every morning! (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Can you recognize the Divine Gardener had your best interests at heart when He planted you?
How have you endured the process of Divine pruning?
Let us ask ourselves: What impact are we making on our present environment?