Hello friends, brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you are one who plants flowers, keeps a garden, and tries to keep your yard looking nice and kept, then you know the pests weeds can be. It drives me crazy when I hear people say, “Weeds are just another part of God’s beautiful creation.” So is fire, but I don’t want it burning up my house! Jesus didn’t have a positive view of weeds either. After all, they come as a result of the Fall, not God’s original design.
Something to note about weeds—and this is important—you don’t have to plant them, water them, or attend to them for them to grow and take root. However, if left alone and ignored, they will eventually ruin a yard or garden. The work and labor comes by keeping them from growing and taking root. The sweat comes by uprooting and killing them. There is a powerful lesson to learn from this.
Jesus, teaching about different conditions of people’s hearts, says,
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them…. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. ~ Matthew 13:7, 22
There are various seeds “blown about” in our world that, if we are not careful, will choke the Word of God in a person. How many have had their faith shipwrecked because they allowed seeds of greed and worldly pleasures grow and take root? Others allow the seeds of godless ideologies or worry to grow in the gardens of their hearts, permitting them to grow and strangle the Word.
It is true, salvation is by grace, and godly fruits of the Spirit are produced only by the work of the Holy Spirit. However, it is no different than fruit and vegetables grown in the natural order. Only God is able to produce crops, but required is still the work of people plowing, planting, watering, and uprooting the weeds. Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen. Although God is the One who causes the growth and development of one’s spiritual life, it is our responsibility to be diligent in tending the gardens of our hearts regularly, guarding against pesky weeds from taking root and choking the planted Word.
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