Cultivating Our Christian Lives
To many of us, the spring of the year had us busy with gardening chores. Setting young plants, watering, fertilizing, and the never ending challenge of pulling or cultivating weeds.
Often, while weeding in our gardens, I can't help but compare the gardening experience to our Christian lives. The seed of a life with Christ is planted, but without basic care and nurturing that seed, and then as a young plant, will grow poorly, or be overtaken by the weeds of sin, or, that new Christian life may shrivel and dry up.
In a vegetable garden, the weeds that grow often look very much like the plant that you are cultivating. In our potatoes, for instance, there is a weed that looks very much like a potato plant. Very similar leaves, a strong, thick stalk, and almost the same shade of green as the potato. Yet it will never produce fruit. Enough so, that the gardener almost goes past it when weeding. Satan is the great deceiver. He puts things in our lives that seem like what we want, or, attractive things that seem harmless. Sometimes as Christians, we should look very closely to see if things we are producing are the fruits of a Christ-like life, or, are we being fooled by Satan's weeds that will eventually overtake and could destroy our Christian walk?
"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves."
2 Peter 2:1 New American Standard version