Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Whenever you buy cut flowers in the store, they always come with these little packets of strange smelling powder that you're supposed to put in the water with the flowers. This is usually MiracleGrow, or something similar, and it is a form of fertilizer. This little packet holds a plethora of nutrients that help keep those flowers beautiful and blooming for as long as possible.
So. What lessons can be learned from fertilizer? It isn't absolutely imperative for plants to be fertilized...most of them will grow, at least a little, without being fertilized. However, every plant will grow far better and yield much healthier blossoms or produce if it has the right nutrients. In the same way, fertilizing our inner gardens will produce much lovelier characters than a soul that hasn't been fertilized. I believe the most important way to fertilize your inner garden is a simple little thing called faith. I don't just mean faith in the sense of religion, but faith as a character quality. Other words for faith include "loyalty," "fidelity," and "devotion." Faith can be described as "complete trust," or "sincerity of intentions."
In the Bible, faith is what set God's people apart from everyone else. Just like a fertilized garden will be different from a non-fertilized garden, a Christian with faith will look very different from a person with no faith. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith this way:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (NKJV).
When we have faith, it simply means that our complete trust in God shines through into our everyday lives providing clear evidence of our faith worked out in our words and actions. The people mentioned in Hebrews 11 are far from perfect people, but their faith in God's Word and His ability to work in and through their lives set them apart. Their lives blossomed with God's love and character in a way that faithless lives cannot.
So how do we get this special little miracle grow for our souls? Read the Bible and seek God's face through prayer. Ask Him to begin fertilizing your life with more and more faith. And then stop living mediocre, colorless lives and start living in the vibrancy of faith-fertilized life!