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MY HEART, CHRIST’S GARDEN

The heart of the believer is Christ’s garden. He bought it with His precious blood, and He enters it and claims it as His own.

A garden implies separation. It is not the open common; it is not a wilderness; it is walled around, or hedged in. If only we could see the wall of separation between the church and the world made broader and stronger. It makes one sad to hear Christians saying, “Well there is no harm in this; there is no harm in that”, thus getting as near to the world as possible. Grace is at a low ebb in that soul which can even raise the question of how far it may go in worldly conformity.

A garden is a place of beauty, it far surpasses the wild uncultivated lands. The genuine Christian must seek to be more excellent in his life than the best moralist, because Christ’s garden ought to produce the best flowers in all the world. Even the best is poor compared with Christ’s deservings; lets not put him off with withering and dwarf plants. The rarest, richest, choicest lilies and roses ought to bloom in the place which Jesus calls his own.

The garden is a place of growth. The saints are not to remain undeveloped, always more buds and blossoms. We should grow in grace, and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Growth should be rapid where Jesus is the Gardener, and the Holy Spirit the dew from above.

A garden is a place of retirement. So the Lord Jesus Christ would have us reserve our souls as a place in which He can manifest Himself, as he doesn’t to the world. 0 that Christians were more retired, that they kept their hearts shut up for Christ. We often worry and trouble ourselves, like Martha, with too much serving so that we haven’t the room for Christ that Mary had, and we don’t sit at his feet as we should. The Lord grant the sweet showers of His grace to water His garden this day.

Pastor David, Broadstone Baptist Church

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