Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield with Take It To Heart!
If you’ve ever done much gardening, you know that in addition to choosing what to plant and when — aside from nurturing new growth, providing adequate water and sunlight – one of the most critical tasks is to keep the pests away. You’ve got to protect the tender plant from being trampled or eaten by its enemies, be they bug or bird or beast.
You know, the same is true for the garden of our hearts. In John 15:5 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” Further on in the chapter, He said again, “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” If we abide in the vine, He will provide all the nutrients, all the nurturing, we need. But it’s our job to keep away the pests.
Song of Songs 2:15 says, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”
Are there any little foxes in your garden today? Inappropriate thoughts that have gone unchecked? Bad habits that have taken root? Small sins you secretly make allowance for?
The trouble with little foxes is that they don’t look dangerous from the outset. They hardly even seem a threat. But these pesky critters nibble at the vine and destroy our life-giving connection to God. They quickly devour the fruit He has so patiently labored to produce in our lives. The guilt and hypocrisy alone is enough to cripple us and keep us from experiencing meaningful fellowship with the Lord.
If you see any “little foxes” in the garden of your heart, don’t be deceived by their harmless appearance. Catch them now before they grow into monsters. Protect your precious fruit.