The Master Gardener
KEY VERSE | Romans 12:12
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
When I was a child, my parents had a huge garden. We spent countless hours playing in it and each spring my dad would plow up the soil and fertilize it to get it ready for the seeds to be planted.
Our Master Gardener, Jesus, does the same thing to our hearts. He plows up weeds such as selfishness, unforgiveness and pride so our hearts are prepared to receive the seed of His Word.
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20
Plowing up the “junk” in our lives can be painful. Just like the soil that is rock-hard after a long winter, our hearts can be hard in areas where we have been hurt or choose to walk in disobedience. A hard, unteachable spirit separates us from the plan He has for our lives and hinders our ability to hear His voice. Out of His great love for us, He will not allow us to remain there! He gently continues to plow and push in these areas until we surrender to Him, so He can continue to plant seeds in us concerning His plan for our future.
Once we accept Jesus as Lord, we have to choose to water our soul with time in His Word and prayer. We also have to pull the weeds out of our lives that take our focus off of Jesus.
We need to choose what we are going to believe. When we first planted the seeds, we couldn’t see anything but dirt. We had to believe that a plant would sprout up, even though there was no physical evidence of it. There have been times in my life that my circumstances have looked as barren and hopeless as that field of dirt. I had to choose to fix my eyes on Jesus and speak life over that circumstance, regardless of how I felt. Our Master Gardener knows exactly what we need. Choose to trust Him today.
RESPONSE | Are you believing God’s Word or only what you can see? Ask Him to help you see with eyes of faith.