“Thus by their fruit, you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:20
Cultivating a Garden of Faith
I love the simple joys of summer! It signals the end of the school year, a lighter schedule, and possibly a vacation or two. It is also a time of fresh, bountiful harvest, or it can be. I just love the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available during the summer months! When we lived in Georgia, I wanted to grow a garden. Having never lived in the deep south, I started planting my garden in April and looked forward to a plentiful harvest. Boy, was I disappointed! I didn’t do enough research to know that you need to plant your garden in February and early March due to the intense heat that begins in May, thus, no harvest that year.
Planting a garden is much like our faith. Although it may seem fruitless at times, it is rooted in our salvation through Jesus Christ. 2 Kings 19:30 states, “Once more a remnant of the Kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. And our fruit blossoms from that root of salvation.” Our lives in Christ begin at salvation, and grow through prayer, spending time in His Word, and fellowshipping with other believers. Sometimes, even though we think we are doing the right things, it doesn’t feel like there is fruit. If we fail to plant seeds in our soul through prayer and spending time in God’s Word, those deep roots and fruit may never materialize.
What could help you cultivate deep roots and a fruitful harvest in your relationship with God?
Secure your gift of salvation. First and foremost, have you asked Jesus to be your Savior and Lord? If not, join me in prayer, “Father God, I come to you now. I know I am a sinner. Please forgive me for all my sins and make me brand new. I believe Jesus is your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord. Fill me with your peace, hope, joy, and blessed assurance, so that you may be glorified.”
Spend time reading the Bible. I recommend starting with the book of John. If you do not have a Bible, ask someone who you know is a believer to help you pick out a Bible and tell that person that you accepted Jesus as Lord of your life.
Seek a spiritual mentor. Pray and ask God to bring you a spiritual mentor with whom you can meet over the phone or in person at least once a month. Share the exciting things God is doing in your life, as well as the challenges that will come your way. Know that this will be a lifelong journey.
Congratulations, and welcome to the family! If you already know God, but are feeling far away from Him, just ask God to renew your relationship. In either case, He promises to never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)!
Blessings and Love,
- On a scale from one to ten, how would you rate your relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you feel close to Him or do you feel far away? Talk to God about it. He wants you to stay close to Him and not do anything on your own. Read John 15.
Who do you know who you can talk to about your relationship with Christ? We are not meant to go through life alone. If you don’t know anyone who is a Christian, you can join the Help Club for Moms online group on Facebook. You will find plenty of Christian friends there!