We’ve heard the term “growing in God,” and for me that term always brings to mind a greenhouse and a gardener. In the greenhouse the seeds are planted, watered, and given tender care. The gardener comes in every day to check in on them to make sure they’re growing well. The gardener also frequently enforces a technique to prepare the plants for the main garden. This technique includes gently brushing his hand on the tops of the plants, and back over again several times, to ready their stalks for the strong winds that they will have to face outside of the greenhouse. When the plants are big enough, the gardener plants them in the ground to grow and bear fruit. The gardener checks on them daily to see how well they are doing, and to see if they need help (i.e. make sure they aren’t diseased or give them support to help them stand better). This entire analogy seemed similar to the garden of our own hearts (i.e. our walk with Christ). Our walk with Christ started out as a small seed planted. That seed grows into a plant and we must water it with God’s Word and prepare it for the strong winds of life so that “we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine…”* Even when transferred to the garden of the world, we cannot let our guard down. We must constantly be on the lookout for weeds, disease, or weakness in our own plant (heart). With weeds, we need to implement prayer asking God to help us see them before they even get a hold and choke out His Word. With disease, we must be ready with God’s Word to put to rid ourselves of what could cause our plant to die. With our weakness, we must lean on God for our support and surround ourselves with men and women who love Him. The Master Gardener so enjoys to walk in the garden of our heart. He has planted us in His love to grow out of it and bear much fruit for His glory. How is your plant doing? Are you caring for your relationship with Your Father like He cares for His relationship with you? Lord, teach us how to grow in You, so we may grow out of Your love and bear fruit for Your glory alone. Amen.
Growing In, Growing Out