The fruit of God's garden within us

For many years my wife and I had a garden each summer. These gardens ranged from small to gigantic. Every spring I had to till the ground and go through the backbreaking chore of planting the seeds. Once the seeds were in the ground, all I could do was pray that plants would germinate and not get eaten by rabbits or birds as soon as they appeared.

There is no way to drop a seed in the ground and the next day have an ear of corn or a succulent tomato. There are no short cuts when it comes to the time needed for a seed to become a plant and the plant to produce fruit. Gardening is NOT something an impatient person should try unless they are interested in learning what patience, persistence and endurance really mean.

So many things enter into the equation as to whether a garden planted in the late spring will produce abounding fruit in the summer. Weather conditions play a huge part in the success or failure of any crop, but especially a garden. Drought, too much rain, late cold snaps and withering heat all can diminish the and quality of the fruit.

Other perils in gardening are disease, insects, inferior seeds and WEEDS. As the garden progresses, the unending fight against weeds trying to take over the fertile soil for themselves is the gardener's nemesis. I can remember many years when it looked like the garden would produce bumper produce only to see it swallowed up by weeds, devoured by bugs or destroyed by a sudden hail or wind storm. Gardening is not for the faint of heart.

The goal of having a garden is fruit, whether edible produce or beautiful flowers. Nothing is as fulfilling as harvesting beans, corn, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons etc and then eating them while they are freshly picked. Heaven on earth is found in picking an ear of corn and immediately cooking it and enjoying it. The same holds true for anything grown in the garden.

Time and again the topic of fruit is mentioned in the Bible. In the New Testament there are references to the fruit of the spirit, the fruit of righteousness and the fruit of right believing among others. Fruit is the external manifestation of God's garden within. As we abide in Him, remain faithful to His Word and do what God asks us to do; we will produce fruit and that fruit is what attracts others to God.

Yelling at people does not entice them to become Christians. Berating people, looking down on them because they are sinners or rubbing their noses in their sins does not motivate them to come to the Lord. Jesus said that by our fruit we are known. The more Godliness we manifest in our lives the more fruit we will have to share with others.

When we cultivate God's garden within us, take the time to remove the weeds and chase away the pests and do our best to walk with God; He will in turn water that garden and make it grow. The fruit of God's garden within is full of love, joy, peace, patience, humility, giving and service. When the fruit in our lives is from God, we are then the witnesses God called us to be.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a crabby and unhappy person being eaten by the worms of doubt and worry or a joyful child of God resting in faith? Do you see an angry and mean spirited person ready to pounce on the nearest sinner or do you see a contented child of God full of hope, peace and love? Whatever you see is the reflection of the fruit you are producing within. I pray we all allow God to make His garden grow and the fruit we manifest is from HIM.

 Kirk M
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K Reynolds+

Sigh... I am one of those people who thoroughly enjoys freshly picked fruit and vegetables but... I lack the patience and the stamina for gardening. I happily indulge in it for a bit but I soon weary of it and zoom off on an adventure. My poor little potted garden suffers for it. I do have good luck with red geraniums however which, if placed strategically near the sprinkler system, seem thrive despite my lack of attention.

What you say is very true. Too often Christians have presented themselves as angry, joyless people and to suggest that we do otherwise causes accusations of watering-down the Word of God. :eek:

We forget that people were drawn to Jesus... including children. The Bible does not portray Jesus as being an angry, joyless person. In fact, it even gives us a glimpse of his sense of humor if you read some of the text very carefully.

We're so worried about presenting a "teddy bear" Jesus that we diminish or cut the love of God out of the equation altogether. I think both extremes displease God!

Jesus said that by our fruit we are known. The more Godliness we manifest in our lives the more fruit we will have to share with others.

If someone has never wondered why you react differently to a situation than "the norm", if someone has never asked you why you are peaceful when you are in a crisis situation, if someone has never asked you why you seem to radiate joy even though they know your life is falling apart, it is time to ask yourself, why.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a crabby and unhappy person being eaten by the worms of doubt and worry or a joyful child of God resting in faith? Do you see an angry and mean spirited person ready to pounce on the nearest sinner or do you see a contented child of God full of hope, peace and love?

These are very thought-provoking questions which we should always consider frequently.

Whatever you see is the reflection of the fruit you are producing within. I pray we all allow God to make His garden grow and the fruit we manifest is from HIM.

Amen.

Blessings!

K :princess:

John B. Abela+

Well presented blog and a great message - love it!

joyce+

Yelling at people does not entice them to become Christians. Berating people, looking down on them because they are sinners or rubbing their noses in their sins does not motivate them to come to the Lord This very message is something I was talking to a friend about at midweek tonight.

We have a tendency to grasp hold of someone and berate them until we wear them down. Sometimes it seems as if that is the only way we know how to "reach out" with the gospel.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Certainly not the person I know God called me to be.

You are, as always, a voice of reason and common sense. :thumbs_up:

Barbra Lambert

Such a beautifully penned blog, and I especially like how you've used our reflection from the mirror as a guage point of what kind of spiritual fruit is being produced from within!

Whatever you see is the reflection of the fruit you are producing within.

Blessings!

-enje

Sandy Brooks

Kirk

This totally made me think of my husband and his garden. The garden consists of various tomatoes. a few different sweet peppers and a variety of hot peppers including ghost peppers.

He slaves over this garden from early spring to late fall. He's even put in special tubing for watering the plants when they are small then taller tubing for when the get big.

Once the garden is harvested he makes dried/ ground pepper seasoning and salsa from the fruits of his labor, He then gives at least 2/3's of it away. :eek:

I've ask him why he doesn't sell it at at local garden stand and he simply said "it's more fun to give it away."

In this case I guess my "weeds" were greed. Why not sell it to buy stuff for next year was my thought while his was making someone else smile.

Loved this blog

Blessings
pooh/snady