Spiritual Gardening – Worship

What three things does a plant need to grow and thrive? Water, sunlight, and soil, of course!

Spiritual Gardening Necessity #1: Soil

Plants need a good foundation of soil to start their growth. For Christians, our “soil,” our foundation, is Christ. Christ nurtures us and supports us. He gives us a place to extend our roots in safety.

Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

– John 15:4 (MSG)

Just like a plant needs nutrient rich soil to thrive, Christ gives his children every possible nutrient we would ever need: Peace, Love, Encouragement & Wisdom… and His supplies are unlimited.

Spiritual Gardening Necessity #2: Sunlight

What else do plants need to grow? Sunlight.

Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

– Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

The word of God is our sunlight. Plants grow towards the light. They long for the warmth and strength that only sunlight can give. As Christians, we should also lean towards the light, His Word, for guidance, and strength. It can give us warmth and comfort in times of struggle, and lead us on the clear path in times of doubt. The lessons are a source of many things we need in our Christian life.

Spiritual Gardening Necessity #3: Water

Last but not least, plants need water to sustain them. I like to think of that much-needed water as fellowship with fellow Christians. God didn’t intend for us to grow alone, but to be there to encourage each other in Christ.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.  Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church[a] sins against me, how often should I forgive?  As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times”.

– Matthew 18:20-22 (NIV)

We took pleasant counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company.

– Psalm 55:14 (MEV)

Fellow Christians are meant to come together, loving one another and supporting each other as we grow. Fellowship can be refreshing to a soul, just like water to a plant. It can help us perk up on a particularly draining day or quench a thirst. Water can be a vessel for the nutrients we need to grow.

Don’t Forget the Weeds

Now that we’ve talked about the essentials, don’t forget about the “weeds” that can sprout up in our gardens, both in real life and in our spiritual life. Weeds come in all shapes, colours, and sizes. Some weeds are easy to spot and pull, while other weeds, like wayward friends or feelings of bitterness and anger, can be hard to keep away.

Weeds choke plants, creating an atmosphere where growth can be impossible. Weeds work in our lives much the same way. They distract us from Christ as we pour all our vital nutrients into them instead of our Christian growth. Weeds can crush smaller, weaker plants easily.

So we need to strengthen ourselves with good soil (Christ), sunlight from above (His Word), and refreshing water (fellowship), so that we have strong roots that dig into our foundation, and a close connection to God.

Prayer

Let us pray,

Thank you for rain and snow come down from heaven and stay on the ground to water the earth.  They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer, and bread for the hungry.  It is the same with Your Word.  You send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all You want it to, and it will prosper everywhere You send it.

Amen

(adapted from Isaiah 55: 10-11)

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