And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. Now when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed.
Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. So they stayed there a long time with the disciples.
For some it is given to move from place to place spreading the word of God. For others it is given to remain and be faithful to encourage and support the established work of God. Some go from place to place planting gardens while some remain to tend the gardens, watch the plants grow and rejoice in the fruit produced. In either situation there is conflict to face, opposition to overcome. There is the challenge of breaking the soil and preparing for the seed to be planted, then there are the daily tasks of watering and weeding, eliminating insect pests and treating disease. Back breaking work, sweat-equity, intellectual challenges all are part of the implementing and care of new life. The results are beautiful as we enter the garden of God’s kingdom with its bounty and fragrance. The nurturing received as we pray, teach and support one anther, the sweet scent of praises rising to the God of all is life, lived to its fullest. This is life to see the gardens of God grow and produce.