May 4 - Jesus, The Master Gardener

By Mark Flattery

Today's Scripture: John 3:30

Central Thought: The law of sowing and reaping is undeniable.

    You do not have to be a farmer to realize that if you plant corn you will not reap a harvest of watermelons. You reap what you sow. We must stop during life's journey and evaluate our actions: Are we sowing what we hope to reap?

    The key to reaping a harvest of righteousness is to turn control over to Jesus rather than attempt to achieve on your good works. Follow John's example and declare, 'He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30, NIV). When Jesus is the core of your being, you will view the world differently. Your eyes will be opened to see the glory of the Lord as David did in Psalm 104. You will be seeking to fulfill His will, in His timing, for His glory.

    Such times give us opportunity to be cleansed of weeds and other obstacles that steal vital nutrients and choke the intended crop. We read of this in Judges as Israel was forced to encounter a hideous sin by one of her tribes. The sin had to be brought to justice or the land and God's people would remain defiled.

    Ask the Lord to take control of your life today. Allow Him to weed out aspects of your heart that harm the intended crop. When you follow His lead, you will reap a harvest of righteousness.

Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord, please take control of my life. Weed out anything that keeps me from You. Please plant Your seeds of righteousness in my heart.

Today's Bible Reading: Judges 19:1-20:48; John 3:22-4:3; Psalm 104:24-35; Proverbs 14:22-24