“Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed my suggestions, with the enthusiasm you would show in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).”
“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (Philippians 2:12-13)
Every life is a garden planted by God. He plants His life in us when we accept His Son, Jesus as our Savior. He graciously gives us His Holy Spirit to help us tend our garden. He gives us the freedom of choice in how we tend the garden of our lives. Here is where it gets sticky. Because God wants the FREEWILL offerings of our hearts, He has chosen to give us the freedom to choose Him and His ways or our own ways.
When we were conceived, God made a book just for us that has all His plans and purposes that went into creating us. There is no other book exactly like your book or my book. Isn’t that just like Him to make us feel so special? In this book are all the things He wants for the garden of our lives. When we accept Jesus freely and begin to walk with Him, He will begin to reveal the plans for us. It is up to us to make the decision to fulfill these plans and tend our garden, as the scripture says “work out your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling.”
God’s plan never changes for us, even when we completely miss it. Even if we never do one single thing to fulfill that plan. If we take the rebellious road and never look back, the plans in our book never changes. It remains closed.
Don’t let that be the case in your life! Begin today to tend your garden and let God reveal the wonderful plans He has in store for you. Like the scripture says “For I know the thoughts I have towards you, thoughts and plans for good and not evil, to give you hope and an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11) God loves a good, well-tended garden!