A portion of my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord” was 2 Peter 3:14-18 – and these are the thoughts that came to my mind as I read…
A little seedling… such a delicate thing! For it to flourish and be fruitful several things matter a great deal… The soil in which it is planted must be nourishing and good! A capable gardener is also important – someone with “a green thumb” who knows just what the seedling needs and is ready to protect and provide for it with patience as he/she waits for fruitfulness. In fact, the wise gardener is more important than the “conditions” that naturally would come to the seedling! The gardener can shield, limit and provide what is needed for maximum fruitfulness!
I’m so glad that I have a heavenly gardener! His goal for my life is fruitfulness! He will do all He can to produce it (John 15:1-8)! His desire is “more fruit” – “much fruit!” The soil He provides is incredibly nourishing – “grace” and “the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!” And the goal? To be “filled [heavy] with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God!” (Philippians 1:11)
Here is what Apostle Peter urged spiritual seedlings, facing “fiery trials” of all kinds in the first century… “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ! To Him [our Heavenly gardener} be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen!” (2 Peter 1:18 ESV)