What is Growing in Your Garden?
We are in the midst of harvest season. For those who have planted gardens this year, all the hard work they have put into preparing the ground, sowing seeds, watering and nurturing their plants is finally paying off. Gardens are wonderful, but they do require lots of work. We know a garden will produce more if it is properly cared for. Even then, sometimes the things we plant don’t grow the way we want because of a lack of water, not enough sunlight, too much rain or being choked out by weeds.
Gardening is definitely not about just throwing seeds around and hoping they will grow. It takes time, dedication and patience. And what you harvest is completely dependent on what seeds you sow. For example, you would never think of planting carrot seeds and expecting to get peppers. It just doesn’t work that way. Every seed is specific to that species of plant.
Every day as humans we have a choice to plant seeds in the garden of life. We can plant love, kindness, compassion, grace, encouragement, forgiveness, mercy and happiness. We are also capable of planting hate, jealousy, bitterness, rage, evil, lust, strife, envy, and discouragement. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but you get the idea. And we have to be very careful of what we do plant because whatever we plant is what we will harvest.
We read in Galations 6:7-9: Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
I have heard people blame God for what is going on in our world. God isn’t to blame because He gives us free will to sow the seeds of our heart. The choice is entirely ours.
When we plant seeds in our garden of life for things which will only please ourselves rather than God, it will be filled with death and decay from our sinful nature Click To TweetWhen we plant seeds in our garden of life for things which will only please ourselves rather than God it will be filled with death and decay from our sinful nature. Nothing can live forever in a garden of sin. If our heart is full of hate, we harvest hate. Temporary pleasure gives temporary life. However, when we plant seeds of love for God within our heart and share our harvest with others, it produces an eternal life full of permanent blessing. We thrive when we have the light of Christ, and His living water flows through us.
Sometimes a stray weed seed will start to grow in our garden, but we have to be careful to get it out as soon as possible. This means yanking it out by the roots so it can’t take hold and infiltrate our whole garden. Have you ever noticed how a weed can look just like a good plant, but it doesn’t produce anything and ends up choking out the good plant? We have to learn to recognize the weed that mocks the plant.
There are people who are the same way. They may look and sound great, but the more we see of what they are sowing and harvesting, the more we realize they are just raising weeds. The fact is, God knows what you are sowing. You are either sowing life or death, but know that whatever you sow, you will reap. The beauty is, when we choose to sow seeds to please God we are given the ability to know the difference.
There are so many seeds of hate being sown in America’s garden right now that unless we work hard in our own gardens to plant seeds of love everywhere we go, hate will be the bumper crop. We need to weed out the hate so God’s love can overtake it and fill our hearts and land with His Spirit. It is going to be hard work, but we are encouraged not to give up doing what is good! What a beautiful harvest of souls it will be for the Kingdom of God.
So let me ask you, are you happy with what you are harvesting? Does it bring you delight or sadness? If you aren’t pleased with your harvest, the great thing is you have the opportunity to clear away the weeds and replant your garden for a harvest of love, peace, and contentment.