I’m sure you have noticed that weeds will grow, flourish, and even take over an entire garden with absolutely no encouragement at all. And a garden full of weeds does not bring any honor to the gardener! We can go to extraordinary measures to try to control them but the fact remains that weeds will always attempt to come back. If we learn to recognize them, we can sometimes get rid of them before they choke out the things that we want growing in our garden. Those weeds keep us on our toes and help us to appreciate the flowers. However, to grow the beautiful plants and flowers that we desire takes time and attention. In fact, the more beautiful and exotic the plant, the more attention it requires. We need to know everything about that plant in order to help it thrive.
Not surprisingly, there is a spiritual application to this concept. God wants us to grow good things in our lives and weed out the bad. As Paul states in Romans chapter 7, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to do the things we shouldn’t be doing but it is often a battle to do what we should.
“For I do not do the good that I want to do,
But I practice the evil that I do not want to do.”
Some of those weeds – the ones that really need to go – sprout pretty little flowers and we’re not sure that we want to pull them out. After all, they aren’t bad to look at and don’t seem to need our immediate attention. There have been times in my life that I have spent so much time dealing with the weeds that I barely spent any time cultivating flowers….or fruit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.”
And that’s not a good place to be, especially when you have seen the flowers and you appreciate how beautiful they are. God knows us and gives us everything we need to grow the good stuff in our lives and get rid of the bad, through Jesus Christ. He wants a relationship with us so that we can know Him and trust His plans. He gives us His promises and guides us with His word.
“For His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness,
through the knowledge of Him
Who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3
God wants us to walk in the light of His truth. It helps us to see the weeds – sometimes even before they take root. That saves a lot of work. Other times, the weeds are fastened so deeply that we have to be willing to use the tools it takes to uproot them. As we go through that process we can encourage others doing the same thing. Just be careful not to weed someone else’s garden. We don’t know what God wants to plant there or what He wants to use to make it grow.
If we cultivate our life in Christ, we will bring honor to the one who planted that seed in us. Labor in knowing Him and His character will flourish in you.
“For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.