Guarding Your Garden

When God created the man and placed him in the garden of Eden, He gave him two key responsibilities (Gen. 2:15):

Adam was given a very specific task. When he failed to obey God, he missed out on what the LORD had to offer him. As a result of his failure to trust and obey the LORD, Adam lost the blessing and reward of living with God in unbroken fellowship. He sacrificed the privilege and honor that was bestowed upon him for nothing more than a fruit. The deal the serpent made with him was for him to forsake eternal satisfaction for a temporary pleasure.   

Adam sold his birthright, in one sense, to the deceiver for something to eat — much like Esau did with Jacob (Gen. 25:29-34). God indeed had a wonderful plan for Adam’s life and had called him to be faithful with what was given to him. However, because he failed to acknowledge God (Rom. 1:28) and function appropriately in his God-given role as the spiritual head, God gave his responsibility to others — the cherubim (Gen. 3:24).

What is revealed later in the book of Ezekiel is the fact that this crafty serpent (Satan) was himself an anointed cherub (Ezek. 28:14) of God until, like Adam, he left his God-ordained purpose in order to define his own reality. Both individuals are perfect examples of beings created in honor and splendor, yet who chose to openly reject their Creator God and become their own authority. 

The truth that is revealed in these two examples is the fact that there is no such thing as private sin. All sin is like shrapnel from a bomb blown in every direction. Other people are always affected. The serpent’s sin resulted in a third of the angels rebelling against God (Rev. 12:4) and Adam’s sin brought about the physical and spiritual death to all his descendants (Rom. 5:12).

What About You?

Are there any areas of your life in which you are not keeping constant guard? Think about your thoughts, attitude, financial decisions, things you watch and listen to, and all the other forms of entertainment you spend your time and money treasuring. If your life is a garden with many kinds of trees and plants each yielding their own specific fruit or vegetable and God is the Gardener, then that means that every area of your life belongs to Him. The seeds you sow now will determine what you will reap in the future.

At the present I ask, is your garden overcome with thorns and thistles or is it luscious and inviting? Would the Great Gardener be pleased to show off His garden (your life) as He did of Job? Be on guard because your life is in danger 24/7, seven days a week and 365 days a year by a fierce lion who is seeking every possible opportunity to devour you (1 Pet. 5:8).

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