organic garden
 
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” — Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)

For close to a year, I kept an organic vegetable garden. Nothing artificial was used. I used only compost for fertilizer. Insecticide was also absent from my garden. Again I used only natural materials to get rid of pests.

All around the vegetable garden, there was contamination, but the vegetable garden itself was pure and organic.

As I was tending my organic garden, my thoughts turned to the Christian life.

Since we live in a world that is contaminated, how do we maintain a pure Christian life? Yes, we know that when we asked Jesus to forgive our sins, He did. And when we sin, He further promised “…to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Paul gave us the answer in Romans 12:1-2.

An “organic” Christian must not conform to the world. In other words, the change is not what happens out there but what the individual does within. We must not let the world squeeze us into its mold.

We must not go with the flow and be like the world. Yes, we may “stick out like a sore thumb” but we must be different.

When we desire to walk in His Way and His Will, He enables us. The Word and the Spirit strengthen us.

Conforming can range from overt immorality to the subtle innocent excuse “I just need to survive in society.”

But transforming is a change of mind set. For a believer, that mind-set is one where you are thinking like God, as you learn and apply His Word to your life.

My vegetables grew through pure, natural means. It was not contaminated by the environment. What about you as a believer? How “organic” are you?

What are some areas in your life you have been conforming to, that are not Christlike? Ask God to enable you to be transformed as you renew your mind to His Will.

 


 
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.