We In This Garden Of Life

Saturday, July 5, 2003

Luke 13:24 – Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (NIV)

I was out weeding the flowerbed, and observed how much grass was growing there. Looking around the lawn and finding bare places, I was puzzled, and wondered why the grass grew where I didn't want it, and yet, out in the lawn where it should be, it was not!

I would suppose the grass seed became airborne, and liked the spaciousness that was available in the loose soil of the flowerbed, versus the harder soil in the lawn.

It does make sense that we, too, could choose an easy way to grow, and I am certain Satan makes it look so good. But what about our Christian life? Is it easier to grow in sin than to be righteous in the sight of God?

One thing I have found is that it was hard to rid my garden of unwanted grass when the roots had grown so deep. I thought of those who lust in human desires that are sinful, giving in to sin that takes such deep root.

Oh how hard it is to dig out this sin, if we persist in our evil ways, and let it become entrenched. But, we have been saved, if we believe.

For the Gardener of our life has chosen to dig us out and set us free. He has lifted us up and out of the garden of ease and put us down on firmer ground. We need to enter through the narrow way, and be wary of Satan's way of ease. God's way might seem hard, but the reward is ever so great.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for uprooting us who are weak, for, in You, there is strength, if we but humble ourselves unto You. Though the way may seem hard, thank You, Lord, that, in Your grace, You have given us freedom through Your Son. In our sin, we who believe are saved, and plucked from Satan's grip into eternal life through Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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