Gardening Club

I have been nominated to become an official member of a club. “It is no secret among your friends and neighbors that you are an outstanding gardener. As someone who is passionately devoted to your hobby, you’re exactly the kind of person our club is always looking for.”


Gardening ClubHere’s the problem I see with this statement. I kill plants.  I over water. I under water. I forget to water.


I believe to be a successful gardener there is even an element of knowing what you’re planting (like the name of the plant). I know very little about plants.


I also believe the gardener needs to know what each plant needs (like where to put certain plants, or whether they need fertilizer, or how much sun is required to produce the perfect plant). I know even less about such things.


It’s a good thing this gardening club doesn’t know me very well and that I chose not to join. I tossed this piece in the trash with the other junk mail.


I know of Another who is looking for people. But this Someone knows exactly who He is looking for and He has each one pegged for who they really are.


This Someone is Jesus and He is looking for the lost of this world (Luke 19:10). Jesus is searching for those who need the Great Physician (Matthew 9:11-13). Jesus is searching for those who are sinners (Mark 2:17).


Yes, Jesus has us pegged correctly.


But it’s what He has to offer that makes His searching even more incredible. Jesus came to give us life (John 10:10). Jesus came to offer eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus came to bring us out of darkness (John 8:12; 12:46). Jesus offers eternal bread and water (John 6:35; 51). Jesus searches for those who direction (John 14:6). Jesus allows access to the Father (John 14:6). Jesus longs to give us forgiveness of sin (Mark 11:25). Jesus willingly offers us life (John 11:25). Jesus lovingly gave His life so that we might be saved (John 10:9).


Don’t believe this is an exhaustive list. Jesus longs to give exactly what is needed for each person…kind of like knowing the name of a plant and understanding what is needed for that plant to thrive.


If there is anything else that you believe you might need, all you need to do is ask. Jesus will provide.


At times I long to be a great plant grower. Then at other times I know I don’t have the time to do the work to be that gardener. So it’s best to leave the gardening to the true gardeners in my life.


My spiritual life is in good hands as well. The hands of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is doing the work in my life and I am a well-watered garden (Isaiah 58:11). Remember the Father is the gardener and He is doing the pruning (John 15:1-17).


And gardening club? I believe I must decline your offer.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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