It seems like during the summer all I do is go to work and come home and pull weeds. It doesn’t seem fair that weeds prosper and grow with no help from anyone. Plants and flowers on the other hand require lots of tender loving care and then only bloom for a very short time.
Such is life, the weeds of sin are all around us and require The Gardiner to give us the daily love, strength, determination and focus to not allow them to impede our blooming wherever He plants us. It’s up to Him to decide what type flower we are and where we’re planted but it’s our job to bloom where He plants us.
Living in a post-Christian culture can be discouraging if we focus on the garden and not The Gardiner because the weeds are all around us constantly trying to prevent us from blooming. But the more of us that bloom together, the more beautiful this garden called earth becomes. Like the Acts 2 church that loved one another and were there for each other 24/7 and worshipped, studied God’s word, shared meals, etc. and bloomed so beautifully that those not a part of their group wanted to be, and “the Lord added to their numbers daily those being saved”.
I don’t recall the author’s name but he said something that’s always stuck with me, when the church acts like the church is supposed to act, the world is irresistably drawn to it. Truer words were never spoken yet for some reason most churches fail to follow the example of the Acts 2 church yet wonder why the church has so little positive impact on most people in America today.
Perhaps if we started loving our own like the Acts 2 church did, people would be breaking down our doors to join us!