Lessons from the Garden PatchBro. David Chancellor
4/24/2005 11:00 AM
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Our society is very materialistic and dollar oriented. To some people, gardening is a pointless exercise because it isn’t financially profitable. In life there are some things that we do for other reasons than financial ones.
People have gardened for a LONG time. By sharing the experience, we are better able to understand lessons in the Bible that speak about gardening. We can learn from the experience. There are many references to sowing and reaping in the Bible. These references teach us more than just how to grow things.
We don’t always take in what is going on around us. When God shows us something, we can do it and trust God with the results. If you see a need, go ahead and take care of it, even if you can’t see the value of it at the time. Plant anyway. The results aren’t guaranteed, but do it anyway. Most people plant with the expectation that all the seeds they plant are good seeds. Be faithful to share what God gives. Don’t get discouraged. These things take time. Be faithful to do what God shows you to do, and leave the rest with him.
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. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
The rain and the sunshine help both the good and the bad. It helps what you want to grow, but it also helps the weeds. God sends blessings on those that serve him and those that don’t. It is up to us what we do with what God gives us. He gives us life, breath and strength. What are you doing with the life that God gave you? Are you using God’s benefits to be a blessing to others, are you using what God has given you for your own selfish desires? There are people who are wasting what God has given them on a life of sin. They are taking that and saving up an eternity of woe. When God sends his blessings on our lives, we need to take them and be a blessing to others. Don’t let the weeds into your life. Don’t take something that God gave as a blessing and turn it into a curse.
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
If you don’t sow much, you won’t reap much. Seed packets advise, "Plant twice as much as you want and then pull up ½ of them." They say this because not every seed will grow. This has a lesson of generosity in it. Be generous whether you see immediate results or not. Give of yourself – your time, your care and concern, your finances, etc. Be gracious when you are on the receiving end – realize that there are times when you need help. When it comes to generosity, you won’t have to go back and "pull up half." Be reasonable with your generosity – don’t give more than you have, but be willing to share what you do have and are able to share. We want to increase the fruits of the grace of God in our lives.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Some things take a while. Expect to wait for the due season. If we get impatient, and want results too soon, we’ll destroy what we have done. Wait a little longer and see what happens. We want to see results, but we need to wait on the "due season." Keep doing good, whether you see the results or not. These things don’t happen overnight.
If you get weary and give up, you won’t be a great deal of help. Just be faithful in doing what is good and right. We don’t know what all is at work. Don’t get tired in doing good, even if you don’t see the results you want to see. If you do good, you will have a good life. Be patient and wait to see the results.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
It may take more than you to get he work done. Don’t try to go it alone. Working together we can accomplish more than if we work alone. We need to be workers together with God. It is ultimately God that gives the increase. There are factors outside of our control. We need to be faithful to our part, but we need to be careful not to go into anything without prayer. Be willing to share the load of the work with others. Don’t feel that you have to shoulder the burden alone. Bring souls to the service – let others do the watering. Work together and leave the increase with God.
In all that we do, God can teach us lessons and give us benefits that go beyond money. We want to make the lessons a part of us and apply them to our lives. We want to take the lesson and share it with others. Work together with God to be a blessing to those around you.