12th August 2014

Sow, Water, Weed, and Feed!

“You are God’s garden.”
1 Corinthians 3:9 (William Barclay)

I noticed the sign above in the gardening section of a large store today, which is interesting because a week or so ago I sprinkled my lawn with a solution of “Weed and Feed” which is designed—or so it says on the box—to diminish moss, weeds and nourish the grass thus promoting healthy growth. If we take these thoughts to a spiritual level we will come to understand that Christians also need to be sown, watered, weeded and fed too, because as Paul tells us—we are God’s garden!

We all understand that no garden grows well by being left alone, it needs to be tended, it requires the gardener—in our case God (John 15:1 NLT)—to be diligently working to bring about whatever he plans for his garden. Where the lawn should be, where the borders should be situated in order to make the most of the sunshine and what about flowers, shrubs, trees and hedges.

Here in this section of his letter; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (NLT), Paul tells us that he planted the seed, Apollos watered it “but it was God…who made it grow” (verse 6). So if it is God’s servants who sow and water; who weeds and feeds? God of course! He plucks out the weeds (sins) from our lives by the precious sacrifice of his Son and replaces them with good things. Then he feeds us spiritually through his Son so that the Church, his beautiful garden, is healthy, colourful, perfumed and peaceful; something to be admired and appreciated by others, a place where others might find a peaceful atmosphere in which to rest and receive succour.

In a garden, one person can sow the seeds and another can water them but neither can claim to have made them germinate and grow. Only God can do that, only he can awaken the hearts of all to new life and growth.

The Gardener—our Father is always eager to provide the nourishment that we need, so that each of us will grow strong and healthy wherever he has planted us in his garden. It’s also interesting that everything in a garden reflects its beauty and glory; not just a few plants, but everything that is growing there together.

Notice Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)—“For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.”

Prayer
Thank you Father that you are the amazing gardener who weeds and feeds us so that we might become strong in your service. Please add more labourers to your harvest each day and may each of us labour together to bring praise and glory of your great name.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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