I love plants. I went to a plant show yesterday and found some unusual varieties that I had never seen. I purchased a couple, so now I will try to cultivate them to make more. I love other things like sewing and crafting, but I always garden no matter what I choose as my next whim. It’s work, especially the landscape, but it’s always worth it. When you love something, you focus a lot of time and energy on it. Even when you get sidetracked on other things, your heart returns to that love.
After I get my landscape the way I want it, it manages itself with me doing minor weeding and trimming.
My point today is, if you love something, you put effort into it. Watch what happens to your yard if you neglect it; it becomes overtaken by weeds, your plants become leggy, and it looks as though no one lives there. Sadly, that’s what happens to us when we neglect our relationship with Jesus. If you truly love Jesus, you will put as much effort into cultivating a relationship with him as you do your hobby.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. Philippians 1:21-22