May 24th 2010

God’s Garden

“You are God’s garden, and vineyard and field under cultivation.”

1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMP) 

We have all heard the nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?”  And I’m sure that we have all walked in a beautiful garden filled with flowers in bloom, and experienced the exquisite fragrance of lavender, pinks and roses.  Perhaps you have also had the privilege of gazing in wonder at an apple orchard full of fruit that is ripe and ready for harvesting.  What beautiful and memorable experiences those are.  They fill us with a sense of awe and wonder, reaching deep down inside us, giving us peace and tranquillity. 

Did you ever consider that our life garden should be filled with a combination of fragrance and fruit?  The fragrance of the life of Jesus, as Paul told the Corinthians, “As far as God is concerned there is a sweet wholesome fragrance in our lives.  It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.”  (2 Corinthians 2:15 NLB). 

Our life garden also requires the fruit of the life of Jesus, which comes by being true branches of the true Vine and allowing the life of the Vine to flow through us, thus bearing those luscious fruits mentioned again by Paul, this time to the Church at Galatia.  These, of course, are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  What beautiful and succulent fruits these are and what a pleasure they bring to those who visit our garden (Galatians 5:22). 

So let each of us ask ourselves the questions:  “How is my garden growing?” And, “Is it filled with the fragrance of Christ and the fruit of his life?” 

Prayer

Gracious Father, help us to share the fragrance and fruit of your Son’s life with others each day, bringing joy and peace in a world where so many people are too pre-occupied to care.

Amen 

Study by Cliff Neill 

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