After Easter, my wife Joyce and I had the opportunity to visit New Jersey to spend some quality time with our children, Melissa and Joshua. We cherished every moment with them, making memories that we will hold dear for years to come. Of course, we took many pictures on their beautiful campus.

On our way back, we stopped by a Korean market where we were delighted to find various Korean items. Among the items, I noticed small tomato plants for sale. I asked Joyce, “Look at these small plants. I like organic home-grown tomatoes. Can they grow well in Rochester, which is colder than New Jersey?” With confidence, she replied, “No problem, trust me. As you know, I have taken care of tomato plants for the last several years.” I nodded in agreement, trusting her experience (shown below).

Since bringing the plants home, Joyce has diligently cared for them. She ensured they received plenty of sunlight and provided them with special nutrients. To my amazement, these plants have grown significantly. I couldn’t help but exclaim, “Joyce, look at them! I can’t believe their growth. Wow, this is amazing!”
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Through this experience, I gained an insight: just like these tomato plants, we, as Christians, need to grow well and healthy. This situation reminded me of Apostle Paul’s prayers for the Philippians. In Philippians 1:9-11, Paul prays with all his heart:

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

It is a beautiful reminder that it is time for all of us to grow healthy and strong in our relationship with God. Just as Joyce cares for her plants, we too need to nurture our faith with love, knowledge, and insight for growth. Let us strive to grow in Christ, bearing the fruit of righteousness to the glory and praise of God.

May this season be a time of growth and flourishing in our spiritual journey.

Pastor Yohang

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