I’m going to tell you a secret. I like plants and flowers. Yes, I do. Really. Indoors or outdoors it really doesn’t matter to me. I like them. I like their beauty. I do however have a problem. A plant looks so beautiful, until I take it home. Try as I might I just cannot keep a plant looking beautiful and vibrant like I think I should. It’s not from neglect either. I guess I just really don’t know how to care for it properly. I can at least keep them alive now, but seem to have a problem getting them to flower or keeping the leaves green and fresh looking. I don’t know. I just don’t know how to care fro them so that they can be the best they can be.
My spiritual life seems to be a lot like my gardening life. It is just never as vibrant as I think it should be. I’m sure it is because I don’t really know how to care for it properly. My christian life often has wilted leaves and too few blooms. I wish I could do better. I wonder why God even has me in charge of it.
Sunday we talked about spiritual gifts in our Worship Bible study. You know when I look at how effectively I nurture and use my spiritual gift(s) it’s really a wonder God ever gets anything done through me.
As I have been thinking about this I keep recalling to mind 2 Corinthians 4:7. Paul is talking about the gospel of Christ and our stewardship of it. He says that “we have this treasure in earthen vessels…” I kind of take some kind of comfort in knowing that God knows that I am less than perfect. Understand I do not use this an an excuse for not doing anything. Just like my gardening I keep trying. I keep learning. I keep experimenting. Things are starting to live longer. They are starting to look like I wish in some instances. Likewise, I continue to live in my relationship with God. I continue to seek His filling and empowering. I still place myself in a spot to be used by Him. I still have a long way to go……but I’m a long way from where I started! I pray that as I mature spiritually my fruit will increase. It will become sweeter. My leaf will not wither. I’m just glad that God knows that I’m just “an earthen vessel.” BK<