It’s essential to “water in” the new foliage we place in our landscapes. Regular watering provides the hydration a young plant needs to thrive. Yet once a plant is established, irrigation needs to be decreased so that the root system can deepen in search of water. Overwatering can result in an underdeveloped shrub, tree, or plant.
I have found this same principle to be true in the life of a Christian. When a young Christian first becomes born again they have a great deal of potential. Baby Christians require a bigger dosage of God’s Word to grow and thrive in their faith.
All at once, they begin a new battle against things like THE WORLD (systems of thought or philosophy) THE FLESH (selfish desires) and THE DEVIL (a real entity that can influence thoughts and behaviors.)
I’d be the last to say that all Christian’s don’t need plenty of the seed of God’s Word working in their lives. Nonetheless, each of us at any stage of Christian maturity can become overwatered, if we are not absorbing its nutritious healthful benefits.
Paul speaks of this in Ephesians 3:16-17: “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality. May Christ through your faith actually dwell settle down, abide, (and) make His permanent home in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.” (AMP)
Therefore, as you read and study God’s Word each day make sure that you are not becoming overwatered and simply going through the motions. Take time to let Holy Spirit apply the Word to your heart and life situations. As the next verse in that passage says, God wants each of us to know His power and grasp the breath, length, depth, and height of His love.
We serve an awesome powerful God that has much to teach us. Let’s not allow ourselves to become underdeveloped with overwatering. May we each press past a co-dependence on others or a dullness of hearing and open ourselves up to be nourished by His spectacular love. Have a GREAT day and week!