I am to flourish.
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Psalm 52:8
No, I am not really an olive tree, pay attention to the word “like.” Scripture uses a lot of imagery or metaphors and God uses these to talk to us about things in our lives specifically, so that our relationship with the Lord becomes personal to us. In this bible study I share a journey through a physical garden that parallels a journey through my spiritual garden. The lessons learnt step-changed my spiritual growth and provided me with tools and understanding to deepen my relationship with God.
Would you like to deepen your relationship with God?
I love gardening, but it’s no use, looking at your neighbors’ garden and wishing you had a garden like theirs. Similarly, you cannot look at your neighbor’s spiritual life and wish you had a spiritual life like that! We make the mistake of appreciating the beauty of their garden, but not the work that has gone into preparing that garden for growth and fruitfulness. The bottom line: if you want a beautiful garden you have to put the work into it. And so…
Every garden will teach you, that you will only harvest what you have put into it.
I don’t know about you, but I want to have a spiritual garden that is flourishing. I want the garden where Jesus and I meet, and our communing together to be described as follows:
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices,
to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
he browses among the lilies. (Song of Solomon 6:2)
A flourishing garden, bears much fruit and God is glorified when we bear much fruit.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
This study will require reading from scriptures yourself in order familiarise yourself with them. It will also require some personal reflection, some personal hard work and I trust that as you come to the end of the process, the Lord would have worked into the soil of your spiritual life so that you can expect a rich harvest of righteousness in your life. This study examines:
- The imagery and metaphors of gardening in the scriptures
- How this garden imagery speaks to our spiritual growth
- How to apply the principles of scripture to your personal life and spiritual growth
- Challenge you to work your spiritual garden for greater productivity.
Each installment comes with reflective questions and personal study that will enhance your experience of the material. Dear friend, happy gardening…
P.S. It is always better to walk a distance with another, so why not share this online bible study with a friend and work through the material together