“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. (John 15:1)
Jesus said ‘my Father is the gardener’.
These words of Jesus spoken here are in the context of our relationship with Him and the Father. A core value of Christianity is in our relationship with Jesus and with the Father.
In common faith with Jesus, if our Father is the gardener what is He sowing into us? What is the Father working in our lives?
From the beginning of creations God ordained the principle of sowing and reaping.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
When God created man, it wasn’t a random lab experiment like a mad scientist mixing this and that in the laboratory. You know what mad scientist will do – they mix opportunity of discovery.
Humanity – we have our origin from God the Creator. There was something specific which goes into the design structure and DNA of man to ensure the end product has all the capacity to bring forth something God expected.
Compare the idea of farming – we often gets the picture of working the land, watering, do this and do that to grow. But if you are a professional farmer you will know what should be the most important issue, the seed. The type and quality of the seed itself contains the blue prints to its potential and expected growth pattern.
Remember the principle of sowing and reaping, God expect to “reap” according to what He “sowed” into us.
When God created Man – God made Man with the capacity to love God and to love people.
When God created Man – God designed Man with the capacity to administer earth resources to ensure sustainability and healthy growth.
The condition for Man to effectively perform according to plan was to maintain healthy relationship with the Creator – God Almighty who created all things.
The first man Adam was appointed Chief Butler to God Almighty – but he soon lost his post because his mate was picky and fussy about food.
Relationship between God and Man went sour. She complained, he complained, the serpent went speechless and everybody got to go.
Man sinned in his failure to obey God – the entire human race became entrapped in sin and followed Adam’s example of disobedience against God.
Our human capacity to reflect the faith and love of God was corrupted. Our human capacity to administer earth resources to ensure sustainability and healthy growth was corrupted.
Man lost peace both with God and his neighbor – The beginning of endless conflicts and wars.
God remained faithful. From generations to generations He looked for those who will return to fellowship with Him.
Relationship between Man and God and his neighbors went on a roller coaster ride. Man’s capacity to administer earth resources bounced back and forth, from destruction to revival and back to destruction. Life goes round and round like 40 years in the wilderness.
Then came Jesus of Nazareth and God spoke from heaven –
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Every time you read the Gospel about Jesus, what do you see? Do you see a man full of compassion, love, and faith and obedient to God? Do you see a wise steward of God’s resources?
Our Father in heaven is sowing into us – again – that same capacity to love God, to love people, and to be wise stewards of God’s resources. God is sowing these seeds of truth, righteousness, obedience, faith, etc. into our hearts and minds so that we may grow and move in this direction.
Remember God ordained that principle of sowing and reaping – we can choose to reap the goodness of God’s love and labor in us or we rather redesign our own destiny.
When Man sinned, God’s expectation to reap love and obedience from us was met with resistances. God’s plan for humanity to live in peace under His protection and provision was disrupted.
Jesus came to restore us back to the will of the Father.
Because of Jesus our sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit goes to work within us to repair and restores us back to the design and functionality where God intended us to be fruitful and effective.
Because of what Jesus had done for us, God is now able to harvest what He sowed into Man, we are now able to bring forth those fruit of obedience unto God and be able to love God and love people, and be wise stewards of God’s resources.
Jesus said ‘my Father is the gardener’.
When we commit ourselves to walk with God – we are actually going through this eternal transformation within us where the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are working together in restoring our human capacity to love God and love people and be effective servants of God.
Nevertheless there remains two human self-effect which may disrupt good harvest –
Hearts are not open. Luke 8 Jesus talks about The Parable of the Sower. We know the story so well; we already knew the seed that fell on hard ground refers to people who does not yields a crop. But here is what Jesus said about the good ground –
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:15)
The person of the hard ground did the exact opposite!
To enjoy good harvest – let the words of God penetrate into our heart, let the word of God have its place in our hearts, let the words of Jesus grows from within our hearts and share the good harvest to our neighbors.
Disobedience – Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus preached on the Parable of the Two Sons.
An interesting parable, one said yes but did nothing, another said no but went ahead and did the will of the Father. Some people tried to “out-smart” God. Thinking if we never agree to do anything for God then we will not be faulted, right?
God said yes and people said no – classic example of disobedience
God is working, Jesus is working, and the Holy Spirit is working – so let’s work together with Jesus and enjoy the harvest together. Let’s offer to God our harvest of love and obedience.
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