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Spiritual Gardens

Weekly Devotionals

Spiritual Gardens

“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:11-15

Several times in Scripture our spiritual lives are described as gardens. A good garden bears good fruit. What makes for a good garden? There are three essential components needed for a good garden: good seed, good soil, and intentional care (watering and weeding).

Jesus says that the seed is the Gospel. We all have the ability to impact our spiritual lives for good or bad. We can choose to plant the seed of the Gospel deep into the soil of our hearts through meditating on scripture, and allowing the Holy Spirit to remind of us it.

The soil is our hearts. We can take active steps to remove rocks and weeds from our soil. By cultivating a posture of humility we can begin to ‘see’ the rocks that are in our soil, and by practicing repentance we can remove those rocks.

A good garden needs to be watered in order to produce good fruit. I once worked in at a plant nursery, where one of my jobs was to water the plants. I never realized how important watering was; there were times when we would be wearing rain jackets and watering plants while it was raining. The owner said that rain alone was not enough to produce really healthy plants; they needed intentional watering.

I think this is also true in our spiritual gardens. We can experience ‘rain’ of course, by listening to sermons or attending church. But by spending time in prayer and worship, we can help water the seed the Lord has planted.

As we begin the new year, take some time and reflect on the current condition of your spiritual garden. This past year was difficult in many ways, and perhaps your spiritual life needs some intentional weeding and watering. Allow Jesus to come and join you in your garden, and join Him in tending it.