14th August 2016

We are God’s Garden 

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, ‘In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.”
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 

The other day I visited a friend who was working on his garden. He’s trying to get his rose bushes back into fighting shape but he’s not having much luck. In fact, he’s resorted to using a product called ‘Weed and Feed’, designed specifically to help kill the weeds around the plant while at the same time helping nourish the rose bush’s ability to grow. And that idea reminded me of this Bible verse: “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field…” (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV).

I’ve read other translations which put it like this: “You are God’s garden.” In the letters to the Colossians and the Ephesians, Paul calls us to be “grounded” in Christ. Now, on the surface, thinking of ourselves as gardens or plants might not be the most flattering way to illustrate our relationship with God. But I started thinking about it differently when I realised that gardens don’t grow if they’re left alone. They need to be tended. A garden needs a Gardener. And in our case, that Gardener is our Triune God.

You see, the Gardener plants the bushes, flowers and grass where they should be. The Gardener makes sure to give the garden the right amount of sunlight and perfect amount of water. And it is the Gardener who ends up down his hands and knees pulling out the weeds and making sure that each seed has been properly planted.

It’s the same in our own lives. God, our Father, is always eager to provide the nourishment we need so that we can mature into healthy and strong Christians. And just as a garden’s plant-life reflects the effort of the Gardener, we reflect and magnify the glory of our gracious and merciful creator God.

My friend is still working on his garden. Maybe the next time I see him, I’ll remind him that God will never stop working on all of us—nourishing us and bringing all creation into his presence.

Gracious Father, it is so easy for us, member or leader, to fall into complacency in our Christian lives. For all of us, routine can make us blinded to where we should be moving on, or what we now need to do. We ask for your help to stir us up, and your help to do the same for our leadership, so as always to keep us close to you and to be aware of the dangers of becoming too comfortable.

Study by Joseph Tkach


joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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