Gardening has been one of my favorite hobbies since childhood. I loved to prepare the soil and plant the seeds in anticipation of the day when the tiny green plants would poke their way to the surface. I would check every day to see if the seeds were growing. Usually at about one week, I would be running back to the house excitedly announcing that the garden was up. I also liked the harvest. Several times a week I would be checking for ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, beans or whatever else we had planted that year. The only thing better than picking the vegetables and bringing them into the house was sitting down to eat the results of our labor.
While reading Galatians 6: 7-9, God reminded me of some of the similarities of our walk with God and gardening. Verse 7 says that we reap what we sow. My bean seeds always produced bean plants. Verse 8 says “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction, the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”.
There was however, one part of gardening that was never much fun. It seemed like for every seed I planted there would be at least fifty weeds and I hated to weed the garden. If I gave up on the weeds and did not take them out, the weeds would overtake the vegetables. Verse 9 refers to the fact that we need to sow the right seeds in our lives and challenges us to not give up. Sin in our life is like the weeds in our garden. Sin can easily overtake our lives. Lets walk in the Spirit and allow Him to keep our lives clean.