This spring I decided to expand my garden and added a new 6′ X 4′ box. At the beginning of march I packed it full of little seedlings and watched it grow and grow. Within about 6 weeks or so it had truly become a wild jungle of leaves and vines. For awhile I let it just go crazy and I thought it looked pretty impressive with lots of growth and activity. Eventually I had to face the fact that if I continued to let this thing go, the majority of the plants would never receive any sunlight and would be crowded and choked out by each other and never produce anything. So over the last few weeks I have been pruning and cutting and at last my little plants are finally able to have some space and room to focus on what matters…bearing fruit.
In Mark 4 Jesus shares a well known parable about seeds that fell in different types of soil. Below is His explanation of the seed that fell among the thorns:
18 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. 20 But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest — thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”
What about my life and your life? Is it time to prune? Do we have space in our life to hear and accept God’s message for us on a daily basis? Are we just saying yes to everything? I know for me I have to tend my life just like I have to tend my garden, every day. I have to constantly look at my schedule and ask ‘is my schedule going to draw me closer to Christ and the things that matter to Him or is it going to pull me away from Christ and the things that matter to Him?’ The average person in the church will say that what really matters to them are God, family and then everything else. Yet, does our schedule really show that? Let’s get to pruning today!