THE GARDEN OF GOD


I Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers  together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

Followers, if you will allow me I will pull this scripture out of its original context to make its contents applicable to our thought. Our thoughts will hang around 9b; you are God’s husbandry, you are God’s building.

The word husbandry carries the meaning of the cultivation of crops and the raising of livestock. There are other meanings to the word however the given definition is the one that is most accurate for our thought. I will also interject a word not given in this scripture. The word is husbandman which carries the definition of farmer.

I quote Jesus in John 15:1: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman,

Here is the scenario for our thought.

“Wow…I have not been able to get myself together for the last few weeks” Anthony said. “My thoughts are all over the place. I can’t focus on scripture not to mention prayer. I feel like a bunch of loose wires are on the inside of me. Nothing is satisfying and almost everything is irritating.  I’m constantly wound up and frustrated. I start a hundred different things and finishes nothing. Man I am a wreck. What has happened to me?”

“So….what had you been doing prior to falling into this rut?” James asked and then smiled.

Anthony took a few minutes to recollect. Well James I’d watched right much television; murder mysteries you know. Man you wouldn’t believe the things people do. Um…let me see. Oh yeah I hung out with some of the co-workers a couple of nights. Gee those guys are a riot. The stuff they talk about it something else. Oh and I helped an old friend of my do some work to his house. This is about the sum of what I did. Why’d you ask”

“Oh I just wanted to see what kind of weeds are growing in your garden. Weeds will choke plants and keep them from growing properly and sometimes the weeds will kill the plants.” James replied.

Anthony scratched his head and looked blankly at James. “What on earth are you talking about?” he asked somewhat annoyed.

“I’m glad you asked that James replied.”

Okay followers….many to most of you have already seen the painted picture and knows exactly what the portrait is expressing. We’d love to take the time however to talk about the garden of God of the which we are.

I was born and raised in the south. We had crops, gardens and livestock. No one hated chopping peanuts as much as I. Oh and to pull the weeds out of the soy beans ….oh!! Tobacco has a full story of its own: reset the tobacco, chop the tobacco, suckle the tobacco and there are numerous of other things to the tobacco saga. The garden followers has its own stories as well. We grew everything even down to the popcorn. The white potatoes and the sweet potatoes….oh my!

The pigs had their own special way of wreaking havoc in our lives. They decided to get out of the pen on the nights you were resting really good or they’d get out of the pen on the coldest day of the year and we’d have to chase them to get them back into the pen.

With the crop as well as the livestock we couldn’t leave them to its own to grow and produce. They both needed help. Both the garden and the crop needed special care and attentions in order to produce the harvest expected. Weeding and pruning was necessary to keep the crop from being choked and or dying. Pesticides were sprayed to keep the bugs and worms from overtaking the crop. Fertilizers were added when needed to help the crop to grow. Of course the nutrients from the rain, dew and sun was a plus.

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Comments on “THE GARDEN OF GOD

  1. This hit home. As a Christian (Christ Like), I find myself these days in this situation. The change of my surrounding, job opportunities, and ministering (talking) to people has taken me away from my studies and reading. It leaves me in the state that was mentioned in the passage.

    (“Wow…I have not been able to get myself together for the last few weeks” Anthony said. “My thoughts are all over the place. I can’t focus on scripture not to mention prayer. I feel like a bunch of loose wires are on the inside of me. Nothing is satisfying and almost everything is irritating. I’m constantly wound up and frustrated)

    I really did not think about all of the things that had changed in my life, but reading this passage gives me a better understanding of what I am walking through. As a Christian we are sometimes too distracted or caught up in our own righteousness that we are afraid to admit the things we are doing wrong and look at others faults as an answer to ours. To recognize and admit to being human is a fault we all sometimes forget to do. To be perfect we have to leave this “world” where sin comes in all shapes, sizes and color and most of all sin is disguised as something else until it takes a hold of you. Keep the faith and lets pray for one another, because we do not know the season we are traveling in. To walk with the Father does not mean we have arrived, just means we are closer to Him than we were yesterday. Please love, encourage, and keep the faith with your thy neighbor, because we do not know the things of our heart.Thank God for our Saviour, Jesus Christ (son), and the Holy Spirit (Spirit of God), because this would be a lost world without the trinity. God bless each and everyone and please say a prayer for me as well. God knows what we need even when we do not.