As a Christian you begin to see the world quite differently than you did prior to your faith. If you were blessed with a holy perspective in your upbringing, then it’s probably safe to say you see the world quite differently than others.

One thing that is evident is that as a Christian you need light to grow.

“I want to be in the light, as you are in the light!”

Great, now I have that song by DC Talk stuck in my head! 😉

You need to fellowship in the light of God’s presence in order to nurture your relationship with him, otherwise it can grow very dry and shallow; it will begin to leave you quite empty. Many times in Jesus’s life He would state, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…” (Matthew 13, 18, 20, 22, 25, etc.), and then began to reveal how the physical world we experience is a shadow of the heavenly kingdom to come. Therefore we begin to see very clearly the connections between the images of nature and our spiritual place with God.

heart-treeFor example, a plant needs light or else it cannot grow (photosynthesis). Furthermore, no mere fluorescent light bulb can produce the light frequencies needed to allow for photosynthesis to take place, rather it requires a light source like sun that contains the full light spectrum in order for it to grow. From this simple lesson of nature, we can grasp that there is something within the plant that is made to blossom, but it cannot do so without the strengthening processes of photosynthesis.

The question that comes to mind when relating this image to the heart of an individual is, what is within each person that is waiting to blossom? Let this question take root for just a second because on the surface I think it is evident that each person possesses “potentials,” (that which they could be), and much of our character development throughout the changing seasons of our life have to do with those said potentials. From a young age we are destined with the questions:

  • “What are you going to be when you grow up?”
  • “What are you going to do when you…?”
  • “Who will you become?”

“What is within each person that is waiting to blossom?”

From a developmental perspective this begs the question then, “are we products of our environment?” Although I believe every person can decide that for themselves the truth still comes out that “yes we are!” An un-watered plant, hidden away from the light will inevitably always die. A garden unattended will grow weeds. But, can we control our environment (to some degree). Although we may not always get to choose where we grow up, we can choose how to care for ourselves.

#GrowYourFaith #GroomYourSin

Just as we need light to grow in our faith, sin needs darkness to take root in its control. This theme is played out biblically with clarity so that we can understand the nature of sin and our faith. May this moment encourage you to tend to the garden of your heart.


“having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

-Colossians 2:7