It concerns me about the current hubbabaloo that is going on again about a well known pastor who had fallen from grace. That is, mans grace. In any kind of conversation about the brokenness and sinfulness of humanity, its iImportant to recognise that nothing ever catches God by surprise, and that it is he who knows the beginning and the end. It is he who is the alpha and the omega.
Scripture tells us a lot about gardening. Jesus taught us through many parables using gardening and farming as examples. And the Apostle Paul likewise used gardening metaphors to describe the process of sowing, watering and he who harvests.
I enjoy gardening. Slowly our front flower garden is taking shape, and the vegetables in the back are starting to be harvested on a regular basis. And on a regular basis I find myself pulling out weeds from the garden beds. But within the framework of gardening I find an unusual thing in the scriptures. Next to nothing is said about pulling out weeds.
Paul emphasises that some sow, others water, God does the growing for the harvest. And in Mathew 13:30 Jesus gives his advice as to what to do about weeds. He tells a story about there being two sowers. One sowed wheat..but the other sowed weeds. And when asked about pulling the weeds up, Jesus said to leave them there until the time of harvest. And then, the weeds will be bundled for destruction, and the wheat collected for harvest.
I’d like to close with this question. What type of kingdom gardener are you. Are you a sower. A waterer. Or are you a non kingdom gardener who is more interested in pulling out the weeds and in doing so, uproot the wheat at the same time.