Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 … Gardening for God

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 117

Devotional Song: … Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of the lyrics sung by Steve Green, singing the popular Christian classic… Find Us Faithful, declaring what should be the goal of any Christian to be faithful gardeners in God’s field.

Highlight Passage Deuteronomy 11: 11-12 [NKJV] … 
11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. 
… We will only be able to shine God’s light on His field in the Promised Land if we are obedient to His will and His ways through His word.
Highlight Context - Deuteronomy 11: 8-15[NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… Entering God’s promised land takes the discipline of obedience

Reference Passage #1 - Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … 
11  Then He (Jesus) said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.” 
… Jesus on obedience.

Reference Passage #2 - John 4: 34-38 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… God’s fields are white unto harvest but the workers are few …

Reference Passage #3 - 1st Corinthians 3: 7-8 [NKJV] … 
7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 
… Paul teaches all Christians must be workers in God’s field of plenty … that one plants … another waters … another is there at the harvest.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Julie Ackerman Link, used the attached photo and an analogy which gardeners would understand to remind her readers (me) that God desires the workers in His field (i.e., His promised land as Moses was teaching in Deuteronomy, Chapter 11 cited above) to be obedient so that He can bring the rains and the warmth of His light to allow His field to be fruitful forever.

 MEANING? … As we prepare to enter His Promised Land (i.e., Heaven), we must do what it takes, with discipline and determination, to be His gardeners, … watering, weeding, and protecting His field from pests. And I think that any believer, reading along with me today, understands the word picture. The Apostle Paul (see 1st Cor. 3: 7-8 above) taught that we also must diligently do our called role in gardening God’s field; … one plants the seed, … another waters, and … yet another will be there at the harvest.

 Gardening is difficult and challenging work; and God has an enemy who will do all he [Satan] can to disrupt the workers in God’s field from being fruitful. But we can, by following God’s will and His way [see Luke 9:23], do whatever it takes to tend God’s fields, which are always white unto harvest, to become fruitful. And fruitfulness always comes from obedience to God’s word. And when we do all we can to obediently fulfill our role in God’s gardening process, the harvest will be plentiful and fruitful for God’s glory.

My Prayer Today: Oh Lord, give me Your grace to be Your gardener today. Amen

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