How does Your Garden Grow?

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How does your garden grow? If we consider the mission of God on every Christian, let’s consider the impact of our involvement in this mission as planting a garden. Of course we plant a garden with a view for a harvest. But in reality, what is our responsibility? What can we do? The title is obviously a line from the children’s nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?”

While some have suggested the poem is a reference to bloody queen Mary, the earliest version appears before she lived. It was in 1744 in this format:
Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And so my garden grows.

In that form the suggestion has been made that it is an allegory to the Catholic church. But all of the explanations of its meaning aside, I want to ask you a question. If we were to compare our lives to a garden, “How does your garden grow?”

The apostle Paul reminded us that we reap what we sow,in Galatians 6:7. Obviously, if we do not sow, there will never be a garden. And we cannot expect to sow broccoli and reap corn. So Paul’s observation is a universal truth. We can deny it or hide from it, but today’s harvest in our lives is a result of what we sowed yesterday. If we want to expect a different harvest tomorrow, we must sow different seed today.

This brings me to a point. Sometimes as evangelicals we forget our role and attempt to assume the role of God. Our job is to sow the seed. Mark 4:26-29 tells us of the sower that went out to sow the seed.That is our responsibility: to sow the incorruptible seed of God’s word ( I Peter 1:23).

When the church in Corinth was arguing over the personalities of pastors, Paul reminded them of something very important. God’s men and women are servants and stewards of a treasury of seed to sow. And he writes in I Cor 3:7, it is “only God who gives the growth.” You and I can sow the seed. We cannot cause the seed to germinate. We cannot cause the soil to be receptive. We cannot produce sustained growth. We cannot cause the seed to bear fruit. We can only sow the seed.

We should remember that every seed we sow has the potential to bear fruit. God produces receptive hearts. God causes the seed to germinate. But keep in mind, God provides us with imperishable seed. That is why Paul said to the Corinthians, “God sent me to preach the gospel, not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” ( I Cor. 1:17)

How does your garden grow?

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