A Meaningful Faith


“Indeed, the LORD will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce.” - Psalm 85:12

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” - Colossians 2:6-7

When I was a girl, my parents had a garden of vegetables and fruits. Dad would spend hours preparing the ground with a rototiller. A rototiller breaks up the ground so seeds can take root. If Dad simply dropped the seeds on the ground, nothing would grow.

So it is with faith.

A meaningless faith is dropped seeds on the ground — scattered by the wind or eaten up by the crows. When we don’t nurture faith with study, prayer, mission, and worship, we can fail to take root in God’s soil.

A meaningful faith is a rototilled garden — filled with hours of sweat, work, tears, and celebration. If you don’t believe me, ask a farmer to show you her prize beets. Notice the sweat on her brow and the smile on her face. A meaningful faith takes time. A meaningful faith isn’t easy, but it is oh-so-good. The harvest is bountiful, and when we remember our labor, we beam at God’s goodness and growth in our lives.

God, nurture a rooted faith in me. Then help me grow to yield a great harvest. Amen.
Sep 15 2018