Roland Baker says Christians need to get back to the basics. Matthew 25 describes what those are: give food, give water, give clothing, and give your presence. These are the ways to love that people can feel, appreciate and receive. It is the kind of love God wants us to show. If we choose not to do this, we are telling Jesus we would not do it for Him.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40
The choice of whether or not we give the basics has eternal consequences. In chapter 6, the Bride in Song of Solomon has made her decision. Mike Bickle explains:
11I went down to the garden of nuts [walnut grove] to see the verdure of the valley, to see whether the vine had budded and the pomegranates had bloomed. (Song 6:11)
The garden of God is mentioned nine times in the Song. The Bride goes down to God’s garden to help the plants that were budding and blooming. She taught the daughters that Jesus is found in His garden feeding His people (Song 6:2-3). Thus, she goes down to His garden to partner with Him because she wants to be with Him where He is. Of course He is with His young ones, the buds! She is willing to go to unfamiliar territory because she sees the immature Church. She sees God’s vineyard without much fruit, but she also sees there are buds and blooms. Song of Solomon says she wanted to see the verdure, or the vibrant greenness, of God’s garden. She was once a bud so she knows what needs to be done to keep the buds blooming. Her call is to keep God’s garden flourishing in the midst of the valley in this fallen world.
God has given each of us a garden plot. It needs watered, fertilized, weeded and pruned. I have a new picture of what I need to go out into my day today. Usually I see a warrior woman in armor with a sword in her hand. Today, like in Nehemiah’s time, I see I have to have my sword in one hand, and my watering can and hoe in the other. This is not a problem. I have bib overalls under my armor. I am ready!