In Jesus’ words, he says in John 15:1 that “[He is] the true grapevine, and [His] Father is the gardener.” God, our Father, is the gardener of our lives. He is the one who removes the impurities and teaches us how to be pure through Him. Philippians 4:8-9 instructs us to “fix [our] thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all [that we have] learned and received from [Jesus]—everything [we have] heard from [Jesus] and saw [Him] doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” The word TRUE is in both Scriptures. The word true is referring to God. God is True! He is the one who brings honor, righteousness, purity, and good into our lives.
God is the one who plucks all the weeds out of our lives so we can produce a fruitful life. John 15:2-4 states that God “cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
God is part of the pruning process of our lives. Imagine a gardener pulling the weeds one by one from a garden. He tugs as hard as he can to pull the root out with the weed. He wants to make sure it cannot grow back. God does the same thing with us. He pulls the entire weed out of our lives so we do not return back to that sin and destruction from our past.
The gardener then proceeds to water the garden to help make it grow. God waters our life with the Scripture Philippians 4:8. He puts all the things of Him in us. The pruning process may cause loss, heartache, and change, but the end result is worth every moment. Once we start growing in Christ and becoming more like Him, we begin to bloom. Just like flowers, we bloom into something beautiful.
This process is not just for us. Others will see our growth and will crave the same kind of growth in them. As flowers grow and bloom, they spread and take over other areas in the garden. Our Spiritual growth is contagious. People watch what we do, and how we live our lives.
We can make a difference in this world by our lifestyle. We can live a life full of weeds and let sin take over our lives, or we can live a Godly life and look like Christ. This week re-evaluate your life to see if your life is overgrown with weeds. Are you making an impact in the world around you? Do people see Christ in you? Is your life so contagious that you are bringing others to Christ?