(Originally posted on Even Adam‘sMySpace – January 21, 2008)
I was reading the Bible tonight in James. As I read this passage I thought of you guys and wanted to pass this verse along to you as well as the idea that went along with it. This is out of the Message, “In simple humility, let our Gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.”
I love this verse and how it reads in the Message – the wording of this is a beautiful picture of how God wants His love to appear in our hearts and through our lives. We are His… we are his garden. He is the Master Gardener and we are his garden. As I thought about you guys, you are the fruit if His garden. You are writing music and expressing God’s love and Message through the lyrics He gives. What God is producing are seeds that He will use in others lives.
Now lets turn back to the Book of Genesis…
Genesis 2:4b-5, “When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth, there were no plants or grain growing on the earth, for the Lord God had not sent any rain. And no one was there to cultivate the soil.”
God created Adam in order to cultivate the soil. This was an earthly soil. Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.” God has raised each of you (Even Adam) to cultivate soil that is found in the souls of man. This cultivation will occur as an overflow of how God works in your lives.
The book of James in Chapter 1 deals a lot with faith and standing through trials that come our way. “You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced out into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” God desires for us to live by faith. To seek Him out with everything that we are made of. James says to ask God boldly, believingly, without a second thought. I like the Message when it says we are not to be “people who worry their prayers”.
Live your lives with an attitude of faith and that built on prayer. It is out of your life of faith, prayer, and devotion to God’s Word that He will speak. And when He speaks, “Act on what you hear.”