"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Excuses, Excuses!"

Have you seen the beautiful bluebonnets in Central Texas? I don’t know how you could miss them! They paint the hills blue in every direction! Many have said that the bluebonnets this spring are the best they have been in years! The heavy rains of the winter blessed us with fabulous fields of flowers!

But when I was driving the other day, I noticed that not every field carries the same splendor! Some fields are absolutely covered with bluebonnets that are continuing to grow, while other fields have bluebonnets that are beginning to die off. Why is that? The bluebonnets that prosper are rooted in good soil and have dedicated gardeners who come and remove the problem of weeds. The bluebonnets that struggle are not rooted in good soil, and they probably don’t have gardeners who help them.

I imagine that we can connect the fields of bluebonnets with the fields of people on earth. Even when Jesus described the helplessness of the world to His disciples, He said,“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)With that connection, consider this question: Are you growing? Are you continuing to “bloom” for everyone to see? Or are you beginning to “die?” If you aren’t “blooming”, it’s time to grab the “fertilizer” of the Word and start growing again! It’s time to kill the “weeds” of sin which keep you from reaching your full potential! It’s your responsibility to grow in the good soil!

And you know, as long as you continue to grow, the “Gardener” will take care of HIS plants! In fact, He killed all of the “weeds” 2,000 years ago on a hill called Calvary. And even when it appears that the “weeds” are beginning to resurface, the “Gardener” intervenes and destroys them again!

So what excuse do we have not to grow? Jesus tells us in John 15:22 when he says, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.” Has Jesus spoken to us? Has Jesus spoken to you? I’ll let you come up with the excuse!