Please pardon my use of imaging that’s simply coming from my family’s and my life each week up here in the Sierras. This shot is of my son, Jackson, down in his Popop’s garden, getting a good taste of the carrots!
This morning I read in Jeremiah about unfruitful servants (chapter 23) and then took a long look at fruitful service of our God (23:18 standing in the counsel of the LORD to see and hear His Word, paying attention to His Word and listening). Finally, I backed up a few pages to Jer 17:7-10…
“7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
How refreshing is it when we see a people quick to embrace their roles and responsibilities as God’s children, slow to grab at glory and quick to serve and contribute and enjoy being used of God in each others’ lives for God’s glory. As we do this, we are better positioned for enjoying the Master Gardener ourselves, enjoying the fruit He is producing and enjoying our use as His tools.
When we are overly focused on our use or feeling used or abused by our Master, we grow weary in well-doing instead of celebrating the weight and sense of value in the Redeemer’s hands. The more we can rest in His grip and celebrate Him, enjoying being so close to the Redeemer Himself, the more we can celebrate our usefulness, no matter how mundane we may feel our use is at times. A people not begrudging their use is a refreshment to their King and beauty to behold by the world around them.
May we lean back into the grip of our Redeemer in our relationships, neighboring, community building, workplaces, homes, and private thought and prayer lives.
We trust You, God, right where we stand at present. We want to know You as the all-satisfying God in our lives, perfectly skilled to work in and through us to will and to work for Your good pleasure. Please make us aware today of Your use of us as garden tools in Your redemptive work in and around us. We trust You and know You as good and glorious! We ultimately seek Your heart in relationship and not our own glory or praise for our use. All glory goes to You, the One ultimately completing the works completed through our lives. You are glorious, LORD! We admire You and we redirect all admiration directed at us back to You!