It is interesting how growing a garden is so similar to attending to life. Wait a darn second there why would I be writing a blog about gardens and sunshine in the middle of winter? Great question, there is so much more to a garden then just the season. A season in the life of a garden s very similar to the season of our Christian walk. Galatians 6:9—Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. There is so much encouragement and truth behind the verse there that we seldom look beyond the time in which we are in.
By the way I am totally speaking to my self here in this situation also, but remember there is more to hope to follow at a latter time. John 15:4—No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I understand how the verse is talking about Jesus being the vine, but in a retro spec of the verse. I also feel like as if it is talking about a body of believers also. I am not just talking about a church here, you can still have fellowship and grow with without the church as your main source of food for the branch in which we are. But also remember as the seeds are being planted not all seeds are watered, and nurtured.
A good example of this is in the book of Matthew 13:4-8– As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Wait a gosh darn second here, how am I supposed to know what that means? If I had read that for the first time, I could see my walk with Christ in so many of those seeds, and to some point still do. I wonder more if the seeds I am planting are ending up in some of those areas, But like I said before all in due time do I believe we will find out. Ok so what does that mean exactly,latter in Matthew Jesus gives us the explanation. Matthew 13:18-23— “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
So you really have to ask your self where are you when it comes to the seeds? Is there a way out from the dry and barren desert, or are we to lost to seek shelter? When the enemy comes and tries to drag us down are we strong enough to fight back? Or are we going to roll over and accept defeat? I’m not trying to say we will not have rough patches, hell I can relate a lot to where some of the seed falls. I almost think that everyday we choose in where to plant our own seed. Either in God or of the world? That in return friends is the question that we should be asking each and every day. John 15:5 really sums up that last part ten fold better then I can. John 15:5—“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Yes at times we will drift and venture out on our own, and no God is not just going to cast us away. But remember though the day you decided to accept Christ in your heart, you were choosing to plant your seed with God. Yes you may drift and blow in the wind, but remember where your root is truly based upon. In regards to spreading the seed and helping others, Gods timing for that. He will guide you with the help and encouragement of others, but the fight is still yours.Joshua 24:15— then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”