Market Street Baptist Church sbc 12964 Market Street, Houston, Texas 77015-6002
We look around and creation is once again bursting with beauty. The tips of trees are showing green, azaleas are displaying their vibrant colors, flowers are filled with buds...God's glorious creation is all around us. People are in their gardens weeding, preparing the soil for new plants and gently tending to the old. We could say we are the flowers and God is the gardner. He nurtures us with his Word and His power produces the beauty of Christ in us for people to see in our lives. But really, do we allow God to tend to us and weed out the ugliness in our lives, or do we try self-help? No matter what we do, it will not work. The good we need only comes from God. The mindset we need to think of higher things only comes from God. Our self-help book is the Bible and our counselor is the Holy Spirit. Yes there is creation beauty all around us, and we should be a part of that beauty.
Colossians 1:3 - Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God
Ecclesiastes 3:11a - He has made everything beautiful in its time
John 15:1-4 - I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.