Ladies, spring is just around the corner and before we know it people will start planting their gardens. Everyone wants to see their plants healthy and growing. For that to happen, plants need food, water, sunshine, fertilizer, and some tending to. Without one or more of these key ingredients plants will die.
Plants are not the only things in life that grow. People grow too or at least they should. Growth is healthy. People get very concerned when a baby does not physically grow. Likewise, people get very concerned when a child does not mentally grow. But, what about a child of God who does not spiritually grow?
Just like a plant depends upon food and water, so do we. Without either we will not survive. But, what about our spiritual food? A child of God will spiritually wither away without daily feeding upon the Word of God. If you only ate once a week you would be starving. How many people are starving spiritually? They go days, weeks, or months without feeding their spirit.
Fertilizer is also very beneficial to the healthy growth of a plant. Fertilizer is a little extra boost of nourishment every now and then. That extra nourishment in a Christian’s life comes in the form of weekly corporate worship. When we come together to pray, praise God, and hear His Words proclaimed we are nourished in our faith. Without it, or when it is sporadic, our spiritual growth will become stale and stagnant.
Plants also need tending to. Sometimes we need to give plants extra support or they will fall over. Sometimes we must pull out the weeds that are choking them. Sometimes plants need to be transported to a better location. God has created us to need tending to as well. In order for us to spiritually grow we need extra support and encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Without it we might fall over. Sometime we need someone to come alongside us and point out the “weeds” growing in our lives and help to “pluck them out.” Sometimes, we need a helping hand to bear our burdens because the environment we are in is detrimental to our spiritual life. But a person who does not fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ will not be tended to as they should. Many people miss blessings and opportunities for God to work because they are not involved in the local church, fellowships, and activities.
Ladies, how does your garden grow? Are you healthy? Are you strong in the Lord? Are you spiritually growing in your faith? Do you need some sonshine? If so, read your Bible daily. Be faithful to the Lord and His church. Be sure and fellowship with your brothers and sisters as often as possible. When you do all of this, you will bloom! You will flourish! And you will find yourself healthy and thriving for the Lord!