On Saturday, my husband and I got up at 6 am to do yard work.
Yeah, I know. Exciting.
I had the wonderful task of pulling weeds in the side yard, which is full of rocks.
Some of the weeds were easy peasy. They came up just like that. One pull and they were toast.
Others took a few good yanks. I had to put a little bit of oomph into it.
And still others had taken root so deep that I struggled, and struggled, and still struggled to get them free of the dirt.
With some of these, I got the surface part torn away, but the root remained. I’ll have to get them next time, after they’ve re-grown.
And some I never got up at all. I gave up. I had to. My fingers burned in the attempt. My leg muscles quivered.
Frankly, it was too tiring, too much work, to get them up and outta there.
Okay, so why am I telling you all of this?
Because even though I was half asleep as I yanked at the weeds, God used it to speak spiritual truth to me.
He’s pretty cool like that.
We’ve all probably heard the analogy that weeds are like sin. They grow up next to the good things and choke the life out of our spiritual walk.
So those weeds that came up like that? They’re like the “little sins” in our lives, the ones that are occasional or that we don’t really make a habit of. Sins that, if we really focused on ridding our lives of them, we’d likely succeed with the help of God and possibly friends.
But those tougher weeds—aka more habitual sins, things like pride, or gossip, or pornography, or whatever—well, it takes a lot more focus to rid our lives of those.
Here are some principles I learned while actually weeding that I can apply to my spiritual life:
You have to build certain muscles to get the tougher weeds up. Spiritual muscles like praying, and hiding God’s Word in your heart, and fellowshipping with other believers.
You absolutely have to dig out the roots, or the weed will keep returning. In other words, sometimes it’s not enough to eliminate the surface part of the sin. You have to go deep enough to figure out what’s causing the sin. (I’ve heard that the root of most, if not all, sins is pride. Interesting thought.)
Once you’ve pulled the larger weeds, the smaller ones don’t seem so tough. By ridding our lives of the deeper, larger sins, often the smaller or less habitual ones become easier to get rid of. It’s really more about daily relying on Jesus than anything else. Once you’re in the habit, it’s harder for Satan to gain a foothold.
Using resources available to you, like weed killer and a rake, makes pulling up the weeds a whole lot easier. To get rid of sin, use the spiritual resources we’ve been given, like prayer, the Bible, and other believers who can support you and keep you accountable.
The more often you weed, the less chance weeds have of taking root. Likewise, the more often we confess our sins and focus on living holy before the Lord, the less likely a sin is to take root in our heart.
Your Turn: Any other ways that getting rid of real weeds is like getting rid of spiritual ones?
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