What is a Christian?
Primarily responsible for maintenance of the gardens, plant collections, landscape, and grounds. Duties and Responsibilities: ... Activities include planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pesticide applications, pest control, garden cleanup, and custodial tasks.
Pretty much the same thing. Jesus told many parables about workers. He was praying for workers for the Harvest. His need for people was to do pretty much the same as that description of a gardener that I just gave.
The Holy Spirit has the job of causing the growth. Ours is to go out and tell. Go and share. Go make Disciples. Teach those new to the faith what it means to be a Christian.
No amount of urging on our part will ever cause the seeds to grow faster. Granted we are always eager for results. I can remember my first experience in elementary school about learning how to grow seeds. Great patience is required. As I learned later on in life, your talking to what's been planted helps. Plants require more of what comes out of us than the oxygen that they produce, which is what we need.
Many times Jesus told those He healed to go and tell others of the great things God has done for them. Breathe out the words to others and help them see what God's done. Breathe onto and into their lives to help them grow. The Spirit uses our breath and He waters. After patience growth can happen.
Is there ever an off time? A time when this isn't happening? Oh no. What God begins no one can stop. Our lives are like these digital billboards that always catch your eye. When people who are in the dark see the light they can't help but be changed by it.
In the beginning of John it says they saw a great light. This wasn't the sun. It was the Son of God.
Light is the last part of a growing plant. Water, oxygen and light. Jesus says we are now the light in this world. Let your light shine for all to see. Don't hide it under a basket. He says that too.
So be a gardener. Care for those around you. You are in God's Garden. Watch God work. Help keep out that which destroys.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul. Love your neighbor as yourself."
Be who God designed you to be.