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The Law of the Garden (6 of 8)
Series: Galatians--Free to Serve
Galatians 5:13-26, 6:7-8
Introduction: I love watermelon. Juicy, sweet, red-ripe watermelon. Seeds or no seeds, nothing tastes better on a hot August day than a delicious watermelon. In fact, I have been waiting all summer to pick my own watermelon from my very own garden. I know you can go to the store and buy one. But I wanted to grow my own. I worked. I weeded. I watered. I "Miracle-Growed." I have been pouring nothing but tender loving care into my watermelon patch all summer long. Did I tell you I love watermelon?
I have been looking forward to that first taste of my very own watermelon. I started looking for my watermelon weeks ago. But Ralph Branstetter told me watermelons don't get ripe around here until early August or even later. So I waited patiently. Maybe not patiently, but I waited.
Finally, the day arrived. I picked my own watermelon. I had planned to eat the first one all by myself. I did tell you I love watermelon, didn't I? But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it wasn't right not to share. I offered some to Rose. Once she saw it, she insisted that it would be better to share it with everybody. So I have brought my watermelon to church today. Tadaa! (Zucchini)
You may think this is funny! I don't. I love watermelon. I wanted a watermelon. I worked. I weeded. I watered. I waited. And this is what I got! Do you know why I got this and not my dream watermelon I was looking for? Because this is what I planted! All the working, wanting, watering in the world, even Miracle Grow won't make watermelons grow from zucchini seeds. Like it or not--you reap what you sow!
Life is a garden! Our text describes the harvest. In graphic terms, Galatians five contrasts the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit--the two possible harvests of life. Two verses in the next chapter explain why the harvest happ ...
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