A devotional thought from Christian George for “Garden Coverings”
Here’s a confession—I really struggle at “going green.” Sure, I try to recycle my garbage, take shorter showers, use paper instead of plastic, drive at a cost-effective speed to reduce my carbon footprint. But going green doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s much more convenient to throw my trash into one bag. I love taking 45-minute showers—what an excellent time to rehearse sermons or prepare class lectures. And then there’s the interstate: that awesome stretch of gas-guzzling opportunity to put the petal to the metal and blow off a little steam on the way to work.
Ever since humanity was driven out of Paradise, we’ve been trying to return. Ever since our great exit from Eden, we’ve been trying to “go green.” We’ve been attempting to restore what sin destroyed. It’s impossible, by the way. Sin is everywhere. We feel it in our broken relationships and fractured friendships. We see it in our neighborhoods and churches. Even the evening news makes us long for a day when murder, rape, stealing, and lying will be a thing of the past.
That day is coming. And when Jesus was on earth, He gave us a glimpse of it—the New Eden. In healing the sick, Christ foreshadowed a time when “pain will no longer exist” (Rev. 21:4). In raising the dead, Christ hinted at the day when “the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised” (1 Cor. 15:52). With a giant syringe of salvation, Jesus injected the future into the present. He inserted heaven right here into earth. And then He commanded us to do the same thing. By sharing the gospel with those around us, by living out the mission we are sent to proclaim, we, too, are able to “go green.” Even while we are living in the wilderness of this dry and dreary world.
Pause and Reflect
• In what ways have your actions this week foreshadowed the coming of the kingdom of God?
• Why is the gospel a message of hope? What happens if we remove the hope of the afterlife from the present life?
• What’s the most difficult obstacle preventing you from sharing your faith with total strangers? Did Jesus share His faith with strangers? Were they strangers for long?