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One was planted by a master gardener. He spent his days mixing together just the right amounts of compost and soil until he knew it would be perfect to grow beautiful flowers in. He had the ground at just the right angles for proper moisture and drainage so his plants would not spoil. He laid down black plastic during the cold months to keep the soil warm for early planting. At last he planted, watered, and cared for the seed and with great joy watched as it sprouted into a small green sprig popping through the ground!! Just days later it was a tall bright flower. All summer long the master gardener enjoyed the beauty the flower brought to his yard.
The other seed was planted by a little girl. She was playing in the shed and found some old seed packs leftover and unused. With joy she found a small rake and ran to her favorite spot in the yard. She dug her seed into the hard dirt and patted it down with her hands. She quickly went on with her play. Days later the seed sprouted into a small green sprig popping through the ground. Soon it was a tall bright flower! All summer long the little girl enjoyed the beauty the flower brought to her yard!
Just as we must remember that without God there would be no beauty, no growth, no wondrous gardens and flowerbeds to enjoy- we must also remember that without God working in hearts and lives there would be no salvation, no spiritual growth, no wondrous changes in those we know and love. Yet He allows us to take part in the lives of those around us. In fact, He commands us to go into all the world and preach the gospel, to teach and admonish, to edify our fellow believers, and comfort one another with the promise of His return!
As the Apostle Paul tells us, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Yet the Bible also tells us, “he that planteth and he that watereth are one… we are labourers together with God.” We must be working in God’s garden. There is so much to do. Jesus tells his followers in the Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Our lives are to be used in the planting of God’s Word deep into the hearts of men where it can take root, be strengthened, and grow for Him.
Our lives are to be used in watering thirsting souls in this desert land, using the water of His Word to wash and cleanse out the mire of this world.
Whether we are like that master gardener with years of experience in our Bible and we know exactly “how” to witness- or we are like that little girl so excited just to have a seed and find a place to plant it- it is not us, but Him working in and through us. We must all be laboring together in God’s garden in order to see the eternal beauty that only He can bring!!