Return to Content
Read Our Devotional
Opportunities to be Published
The Home for Christian Writers! Matthew 6:33
ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING
Add to Favorites
The Parable of the Lawn Mower
Free to Share
Author requests article critique
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in me. (John 15:4 NCV)
I remember years ago when my husband was on his way back from a business trip, I wanted to surprise him by mowing the front lawn for him. We had a small front yard, so I thought it would be quick and easy. I had never actually used this particular lawn mower, but I assumed it couldn’t be that hard to operate. Well, I got the thing going, but it was very difficult to push. It took great effort to maneuver the mower around the yard. By the time I finished, I was completely exhausted.
A week later, as my husband was about to mow the lawn again, I noticed that after he started the mower, he unlocked a gear that put the thing in self-propel. I realized then that I had manually mowed the entire front lawn, and that’s why it was so difficult!
This can be a great analogy of our spiritual life as well. We see a task before us and although we have the proper equipment to get the job done, we may still find ourselves straining and pushing with great effort to accomplish it. We might think we are doing God a great favor through our struggles and efforts. We might even think being worn out, weary, and tired is what the work of the Lord is all about. But maybe we’ve forgotten about that little gear that will take the brunt of the load off of us. As in mowing the lawn, we still work, but now, as we follow behind the Lord, the work becomes easy and the burden is light!
One of the most profound yet simple analogies of the true Christian life is the analogy of the vine and the branch in John chapter 15.
Jesus said, "I am the vine, and you are the branches. If any remain in me and I remain in them, they produce much fruit. But without me they can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NCV)
Think of a branch in relation to a vine. The branch is nothing by itself, as all of its life and energy comes from the vine. The branch cannot produce fruit apart from being attached to the vine. The branch does not have to strive or struggle to produce fruit – all that is required of the branch is to abide – to be at rest, to wait upon (patiently) for the nourishment and direction from the vine, and to be in a state of peace and joy.
We can wear ourselves out trying to do a lot of things for God, but the Lord wants us to simply follow in step with Him – only then will we be truly productive in God’s Kingdom.
So let’s relax and let go of our self-pressure to perform, our anxieties of measuring up, and our concerns in getting everything done. When we let all of that go, we will truly find our rest and joy in Him.
Is anything out of gear in your life? If so, ask the Lord today to help you put things in place!
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BELOW
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
Reader Count & Comments
12 May 2011
Jesus is Great. He loves us. Let us love him. Thank you for this article Julie.
This article has been read
| Next >
Read more articles by
or search for other articles by topic below.
Search for articles on: (e.g. creation; holiness etc.)
Read more by clicking on a link:
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review
NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL
God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You
...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38
LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE
The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
FaithWriters offers Christian reading material for Christian readers. We offer Christian articles, Christian fiction, Christian non-fiction, Christian Bible studies, Christian poems, Christian articles for sale, free use Christian articles, Christian living articles, New Covenant Christian Bible Studies, Christian magazine articles and new Christian articles. We write for Jesus about God, the Bible, salvation, prayer and the word of God.
Link To Us
Become A Member