Sunday, July 13, 2014

Are You A Garden Of Beauty?

Are you a garden of beauty? Do you fill you thoughts and your mind with things that are lovely? Do you seek those things that are above and not those things of the world? Do you try to separate yourself from the evil in the world or do you try to get as close to it as you can get without being burned?

Charles Spurgeon wrote these words, "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...The saints are not to remain undeveloped, always mere buds and blossoms. We should grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

We must sit at His feet often drinking His words of life. We must remind ourselves continually of His rich promises to us and rest in them. How will the world know about our Savior if we don't draw them by our beauty? 

People who sit at Jesus' feet continually are beautiful. Have you noticed that? Not gorgeous beautiful as the world describes beauty, but inner, joyful, happy beautiful. They speak encouraging words, smile a lot, listen carefully, and are optimistic. They smile at the future to come and you always feel refreshed after being with them. 

You may ask, "But how can I do this? I try and always fail." We are transformed by the renewing of our mind. Continually remind your self who you are in Christ. You are a new creature, a child of the living God, and His Holy Spirit lives inside of you. Nothing is impossible with Him. You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you.

We, who are called by His name, ought to look and sound different than the world. Yes, the world will hate us but some will be drawn to us because of Christ. The world needs Jesus. It is so very dark and needs the warm, illuminating light of Truth. Never be afraid to speak it, because great are your rewards in heaven.

You are the salt of the earth...
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16