Where is My Garden?
The taste of eternity
Is here on our lips
With every breath we sing
With every breath we sing of Your majesty
It’s here in our midst
With every breath we sing
That question from Brady’s “Life After Life” sermon series has stuck with me. Where is my garden? Where are the places that God has placed me, and am I aware of them? What are the seeds that I am sowing in those places?
The seed is a common metaphor used throughout the New Testament. Jesus often uses the image of seeds, plants, and growth in His parables (the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13, Parable of the Mustard Seed in Luke 17, Parable of the Growing Seed in Mark 4, etc.). What is the point of all these stories? What is the common theme?
The common theme is that the seed is GOOD.
The seed from God is good. We can trust that. Our job is to partner with God in the planting and the growth.
I love the Scott McKnight quote Brady used: “To practice resurrection now means permitting our morning, our midday, our evening, and our night to be redefined by resurrection. Everything having to do with everything we do and everything we are can be swallowed into resurrection life.”
It is really easy to divide areas of my life. I work in a church; I go to seminary; I mentor younger dudes; and I have my Life Group. It is very easy to make those environments the times where I have my mind on “spiritual” things. Those are the times I can be intentional with my thought processes, my words, and my actions. The place where I sow eternal seeds.
But what about the other times? What about with my roommates that I see every day? What about when I’m driving and the person in front of me is driving super slow? When I’m watching sports, what am I saying about the players and coaches? When I’m playing pick-up basketball? What about on social media – does my social media scream eternal hope? Do my spending habits reflect eternity?
Galatians 5 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Good seed produces good fruit. Bad seed produces bad fruit. It’s that simple.
The reality of the Incarnation and Resurrection is that this life matters. All of this life matters. Even the seemingly meaningless things, everything we do is either sowing eternal seeds or temporal seeds that are competing against eternity.
Where is my garden? My whole life.
I mentioned those areas in my life because I don’t have this figured out yet. There are so many areas of my life that don’t reflect eternity. There are many areas of my garden that I am ignoring or areas where I am sowing seeds that are not eternal.
What about you? Where are areas of your life that don’t reflect eternity? What areas of your garden are you ignoring?