by Kimberly Penix
Not being an avid gardener, I assumed that the varied shades of color hydrangeas come in were just because they were different varieties of the same plant. You know, the way a yellow tulip is yellow and a red tulip is red. Little did I know, the color of the hydrangea bloom will change based on the nutrients in the soil.
Through a bit of research, I learned that in order to change a hydrangea from pink to blue you must make the soil’s pH level more alkaline.
When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, He immediately begins the transformation process in our lives. He pours certain nutrients into our heart and mind that will allow us to grow in Him. But it doesn’t stop there. In order to blossom for Him, we need to continue to add nutrients to our soul. We must make certain changes and take certain steps to grow in Christ.
Romans 12:2 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Transformation takes work! Each day we need to be sure we are adding the essential nutrients from God’s word into our lives.
If you were to take a pink hydrangea and plant it among a group of blue ones in acidic soil, the pink blossoms would immediately begin to lose their vibrant blush and eventually they would look like all the other plants. Without adding the nutrients it needed to stay pink, it would take in the nutrients of the soil around it and turn a moody blue. Likewise, when a Christian leaves her roots in the world, and doesn’t focus on adding essential nutrients to her life, she will lose her vibrant testimony for Christ. Instead of being a stand out pink for God, she will look just as blue as those around her.
Here are four essential ingredients needed to blossom for Christ.
- Be in the word. II Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” In order for us to be fully equipped to live a life for Christ we need to immerse ourselves in scripture. God’s word is where we find correction and instruction for righteous living.
- Pray. Oswald Chambers once said, “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” God’s desire is to have communication with His people. He speaks to us through His word and we offer our hearts through prayer.
- Have a heart of gratitude. I Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”Could God really mean to always rejoice and give thanks for everything? I have found that even in my darkest days there is something I can thank God for. It helps to refocus and understand that God is still in control.
- Surround ourselves with fellow believers.Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!“ There is a reason we should surround ourselves with fellow believers. When we’re serving the Lord with other believers we find strength in numbers and our work will profit from the camaraderie. Also, when one is having a hard time his fellow believers are there to be an encouragement for him.
So how are you coming along with keeping the soil of your heart full of godly nutrients? Do you find some easier to add than others? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.
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