10 Reasons Every Christian Should Have a Garden by a biased Elder! (Andrew Coxhead)
If you don’t have a garden, you’re really missing out. If you have a garden no matter what its size or condition, but do nothing with it, you’re missing out.
Gardening can be therapeutic, and rewarding, with many benefits! Here are ten reasons every Christian should consider giving it a go:
1) Jesus talked about plants all the time, (well, some of the time!).
The Bible is full of gardening metaphors. Here are just some. We get parables about sowers of seeds (Matthew 13v3), growers of vineyards and labourers working in the sun (Matthew 20vs1-16). We are told that “the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few” (Matthew 9v37). We hear about “separating the wheat from the chaff” (Luke 3v17). And if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains (Matthew 17v20).
If Jesus was that into plants, maybe it’s worth trying this gardening thing? You don’t have to give up your day job to become a full-time farmer. But even a little amateur gardening might bring some new meaning into those Bible passages!
2) God originally made the first humans, to live and work in a garden.
“The Lord God took the man (and woman) and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2v15).
Before there was sin, there were gardens.
If God chose a garden as man’s original home, that is probably a sign that gardens are good for us!
3) It is a hobby that helps you save money instead of spending it.
It is always nice to have hobbies that are good for the pocket. However tight the budget gets you can always look forward to an activity that gets you exercise and puts food on the table!
4) If the Uk Civilization collapses, it’ll be good to know how to keep a plant alive.
Hey, you never know!
5) If Uk Civilization doesn’t collapse, fresh salads are delicious.
Gardening is one of those hobbies that just keeps giving, to you, your family, and often friends and neighbours too. Few things are more satisfying than getting dinner from the “produce section” that is right out your back door!
6) Growing flowers and vegetables help your family to appreciate the miracle of creation.
However, cliché it may sound, it’s still pretty amazing to watch tiny seeds turn into beautiful flowering or fruiting plants. It is a great way of reminding yourself what an excellent job God did in creating the world! (Genesis 1v31).
7) God does most of the work anyway, so why not?
Don’t say I’m too busy, or I neglect my garden a lot. You will be amazed how much it produces, even without proper TLC. When you find something, you forgotten you had even planted, things like that just feel like gifts from Heaven! (Matthew 7v11).
8) Garden’s should be “open to life” too.
There’s something very pleasing about a garden that’s full of thriving plants. I like to plant lavishly, a growing paradise. Celebrate life! You owe it to yourself to enjoy it in all its forms!
9) Kids are more likely to eat vegetables they helped harvest.
Most aren’t that great about eating their fruit and veg, but if they helped you to plant, grow and harvest them, they’re pretty curious to taste the food you have grown together. That’s a pretty elaborate way of getting your kids to eat vegetables, but hey, whatever works!
10) Our Risen Lord was mistaken for a gardener.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away” (John 20v15, ESV).
There is got to be something in that, don’t you think?
Maybe the above is a light-hearted look at gardens and gardening, but remember it was in a garden that we see and begin to understand all that Jesus went through to bring us the invitation of salvation. [“…He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death’…” Matthew 26vs36-46; “…He began to be troubled and deeply distressed…and fell to the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him…” Mark 14vs32-42; “…being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground…” Luke 22vs39-46].
That was just the mental anguish, suffering and pain.
Then came the physical torture, suffering, extreme pain, and death. He faced that for you and me.
Continuing with item 10 above, “then Jesus called her name-and she knew the truth”. The place believed to be where the tomb is, is still today a garden, a place where tears can be wiped away and uncertainties about Jesus can lead on to the discovery of his reality. Today the site is a beautiful and peaceful garden, shielded by buildings and a steep escarpment from the noisy and vigorous city all around. The empty tomb is a reminder of a risen, living Saviour in a harsh, uncaring world.
Can I ask you a question? Is He your Saviour?