GARDENING GOD'S WAY

A good gardener or orchard worker learns the ways and seasons of life.  They learn how to protect and promote health so that life can have its way.  The gardener chooses what should live and what should die.  The truth is that you cannot produce life, but God can.   

Galatians 5:
 22-23 But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

God has given us an incredible gift called ‘free will’.  Every day we can choose what will live and what needs to be dying.  When selfishness is allowed to grow, it depletes our desire to choose life.  When we surrender to God, it is His will that good things grow.

Some people are waiting for God to remove their free will and transform them into automatic robots of righteousness.  To believe this way, is to insult God.  He has given us free will to walk with Him.  We must choose that part of it.  Even Jesus had a free will and had to battle through life to do the right thing.  Jesus was not a robotic do-gooder without a choice. 

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