Keeping the Garden!
“Because of laziness, the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks.” Ecclesiastes 10:18
Have you ever left your residence for a long time? Or probably you went on vacation for days and left your house locked up without anyone to keep or mend it daily. Have you ever observed that no matter how the windows and doors are closed and locked, once you open them back after the long journey, it is inevitable that the rooms will be dusty?
Once you have your house unkempt for days, be expectant for a dusty and dirty compound. Irrespective of the beauty, cost, or size of a house, if it is not managed continuously, there’s a full tendency to drop in the building’s beauty, structure, and value. In Gen 2:15, we see the essence of God’s initiative to produce man.
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15
God was so deliberate to create man and place the man He had created in the Garden of Eden purposefully to tend and keep them. Why? Our God is a professional manager; He wouldn’t have created such a beautiful garden and leave them to be unkempt and gradually fades away. Can you picture that beautiful garden as your heart? God has given us a beautiful life to keep and manage. How often do you check your life and mend it?
Do you even pay attention to your spiritual growth, just like Adam would pay attention to the plants and animals’ growth in the Garden of Eden? We must dress and keep our spiritual life daily to prevent it from unnecessary dust. There is no magic to spiritual growth; all you need to do is wrap your mind with God’s word daily to prevent the issues and dust. Proverbs 12:11 says, “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”
1. Lord, help me be consistent with you; I ask for the capacity to always dwell in your word.
2. Holy Spirit, please help me live a godly life that prevents me from becoming distracted by my desires.