“Watering the Sprigs”

Categories: In the Bulletin

There is something simple and beautiful about a seed going down into the earth and undergoing all the processes that it does in order to take root, pierce the soil it is buried in and extend skyward up toward the heavens. It’s amazing to see all the different types of leaves, flowers and fruit that these different seeds can eventually yield. It starts small. They always start small, but they can blossom into something amazing. In these simple yet beautiful things we can see the glory of God. So it is with the faith of a Christian. A fresh faith can, season after season, become stronger and stronger until it reaches full bloom in maturity and yield great fruit for the kingdom of God.

The Bible is rife with agricultural metaphors. Think of the idea of conversion. Jesus uses the analogy of a kernel of wheat in one of His many parables to illustrate the idea of someone dying to sin and being alive to God in John 12.24. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit.” Considering a recent baptism here at Kettering we should be rejoicing and encouraged, being reminded of this truth whether we see ourselves as a fledgling sprig or a well-rooted plant.

No matter our position it is our responsibility to bear fruit for God. Galatians 2.22-23 tells us what that fruit looks like. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” A mature Christian will bear this fruit, and it will all come naturally from his or her dedication to Christ.

Even still, we all need to work together. Sometimes we will see a young sprig in need of a drink. Sometimes we will find a plant that has grown away from the sun. Let’s all strive together to stir one another to good works no matter how long we have been in the faith, no matter how great or small our knowledge or talents are, and no matter the differences in opinion we may have. Let’s all encourage one another, provide a listening ear, or whatever the need may be to help us all reach higher to the goal of “growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
(2 Peter 3.18)

- Cain Atkinson