Gardening and holiness

gardenGod seems to like gardens and gardening. Indeed , Jesus describes the Father as a gardener.

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”

The first home God made for Adam and Eve was not a house but a special garden. The last home (paradise or heaven) is also a garden.

My garden

My idea of gardening (I’m not a keen gardener), is just get rid of all the weeds and return to lovely fresh earth – even better concrete it over!

garden before

My garden without weeds!

Unfortunately, as every gardener knows, and as I have learned the hard way, with fresh earth new weeds soon spring up – unless fresh plants are planted.  This is because, within the soil, are the seeds of many weeds and unfortunately it’s the same with out sinful flesh.  So, we may be able to eradicate a few bad habits, with a bit of discipline and dedication, but unfortunately we still have a flesh that produces weeds quiet efficiently and sadly without any effort at all. The fact is, weeds seem to grow faster than anything else!

How to get rid of weeds!

My garden with new plants!

My garden with new plants!

That is why, grace and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in our new christ-like nature, with constant watering and care, produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit which will strangle the weeds or works of the flesh just by their very presence. If you want to be holy (and if your born again you will), then rather than fighting sin and bad habits all the time, concentrate of  sowing to your spirit because that fruit will suck all the life out of those horrible weeds!

How do you sow to your spirit then? Simply set your mind on good things; godly things: pray often; read and study the Bible; speak positive words over people; seek to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit; serve in your local church; worship; do good deeds for others. That is what a fruitful life looks like – the weeds will soon disappear!

Holiness

By the way, being holy means to be set apart and that’s what a garden is: an area of land which the gardener purposes in his heart to become beautiful. Yes, it may not start the way – it may be overgrown with weeds but it is holy even at that point because the gardener has set it apart for himself!

Therefore at the end of the day, this is the test of a true believer: If the soil is good then it will produce fruit for God rather than thorns and thistles?

Hebrews 6:7 “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”

Just to finish,  its probably significant that the dramatic and climatic events of the resurrection took place in a garden tomb and Mary mistook the resurrected Jesus as the gardener!

John 20:15 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”

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Further reading:

What is holiness

True holiness

2 Cor 7

A hellish confusion

What’s all this fuss about hyper-grace?

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