20200601

Cultivating Life

Galatians 6:7-10

Seeds are amazing. This winter when it was still cold in Texas, I filled trays with potting soil, planted seeds, watered, and waited. My greenhouse in the backyard meant that I could keep the temperature above fifty at night, but during the day with the sun beating down, it got nice and warm inside. How exciting to see how quickly tiny seedlings broke the soil, and then to see those tiny plants begin to grow.

Now they’re all transplanted outside in the garden or into large enough pots in the greenhouse so that if we get one of those Texas hailstorms, we’ll still have vegetables growing on the vines. One thing is crystal clear. My tomato, cucumber, squash, parsley, cantaloupe, and basil seeds all produced according to their kind.

I don’t know how the grab grass, dandelions, and thorny vines got into that soil, but I have to keep working to keep the good stuff growing, healthy and strong. The same thing is true of the eternal seed Jesus’ Spirit planted in my life the moment I put my faith in Jesus. And I need to hear the Apostle Paul’s challenge to keep cultivating this new nature and not the old thorny weeds of my sin nature.

As Paul nears the end of Galatians, he gave the church a strong warning.

“Don’t be deceived! You can’t thumb your nose against God. For whatever a person sows that’s what they will harvest. The one who sows to his sin nature will reap total destruction. But the one who sows to the Spirit by the Spirit’s power will reap eternal life. Now let’s not get weary in doing good, for at just the right time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let’s do good to all, especially those of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10

The Apostle Paul doesn’t ring his hands in despair and cry out against the sex sins, pagan parties, and power games of the Roman Empire culture. Instead, he focused on the lives of his Galatian brothers and sisters. He knew that if they cultivated the new life they received by grace and lived intimately with Jesus, it would all lead to a glorious oneness with God forever.

True love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—these are the traits that have magnetic power to be attracted to Jesus. Being a Christian is about freedom from the stuff that decays over time and living for the stuff that will help us become stronger and stronger until we’re safe at home with our Father and his precious Son forever. Our choice is: seeds of destruction or the seed of eternal life.

LORD, help me cultivate the fruit that your Spirit wants to grow in my life today and resist the stuff that in the end takes the life out of me. Beginning with my brothers and sisters in Christ, help me to do good and help it to spill over and reach out to those who need to be attracted to your life. 

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