A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Although I have never had much success at a vegetable gardening, I admire those who do and so often asked them, “How’s your garden?” I have found that New Englanders typically respond with a degree of thoughtfulness and refreshing honesty. They will tell you what vegetables are doing well and those whose lack of progress concerns them.
Shortly before heading to Gethsemane, Jesus talked candidly with his disciples about gardening and horticulture as He set before them an essential spiritual truth. In John 15 we read, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” With all that was going to happen, Jesus saw the necessity of taking the time to draw attention terms to three words associated with gardening. The first abide which means to remain in or to be rooted and dependent on. Next the disciples are told that he who abides in Christ will bear much fruit. Genuine followers of Jesus will live transformed and radically different lives before others. The last word nothing, stresses that our effectiveness and growth is the result of our sufficiency in Christ.
So the next time you or someone you know asks “How’s your garden?” be prepared to tell them not just about your vegetables but how you have been growing in Christ!