HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Read with me “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” — Matthew 5:14
It may seem odd or even inconceivable, but a plant can actually have too much water. A plant can have too much of a good and life-giving thing! When they’re over-watered, plants yellow and then die. I greet you this morning with peace and the grace of Almighty God. My brothers and sisters in the Lord and our many readers and followers on the internet. I want to talk to you as a farmer, and since I am from St. Vincent and the Grenadines I feel comfortable speaking on this subject. The plant can never have too much rain, but not too much water poured on it.
Can we as followers of Christ be over-watered? Can we have too much of a good Christian thing and somehow become less useful to God? Archbishop Frank once said, “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” Whether or not you totally agree, this statement offers a good word of warning. They have placed themselves in heaven without the knowledge of being here on earth. They are so fortified in heaven and the walls around them are falling apart. They are too busy putting themselves in heaven and fail to see their purpose on earth.
But just what are some good things that we may get too much of to the detriment of our usefulness on this earth? Christian fellowship is a vital good for our faith walk, but “too much Christian fellowship” can mean isolation from people who don’t yet know about God’s love for them. We get caught up in ourselves and forget the people next to us that they need Jesus. We mind other people businesses and try to live above them that we neglect our immediate surroundings. We make a show to the world how good we are and fail to see the good in others. It has brought us into a selfish skin and lackluster that we cannot tell of our purpose and reason for being here. We talk about ourselves so much that we forget to mention Jesus. Yes, we are overwatered.
Christian literature offers wonderful truths in memorable and even life-changing ways. But too much of this good may result in less time spent reading God’s Word and learning His truth for ourselves. We talk about the things we want and who we are and where we are going and fail to talk to Jesus. Fail to find out where Jesus is and what are His plans for us. I think we are to stop and take a look at ourselves and see if we are being overwatered.
All believers need water, but oversaturation can indeed mean a stunt of growth in our faith. That is why David said we are planted by and not in….. Planted where if our roots are deep enough we will be watered daily. This is done in reading your Bible, meditating, memorizing the Word, praying and fasting. If ever there is a time in our lives that we need to pray is now. This is how we gather strength and grow spiritually.
Let us pray:
Lord God, I don’t want to be so heavenly minded that I’m no earthly good to You or to the people around me. Guide my use of time so that my life is in balance and so that You can use me as light in this dark world. Have your way Lord in Jesus’ Name.