It happens every spring, intruders invade my lawn. Hardy weeds with sinister names like, Bullnettle and Prickly Lettuce, and ones with cute names, like Chickweed and Goosegrass, try to choke out my beautiful Bermuda.
Enter, the Weed Sheriff. That’s me. You’ve got to stop the trespassers before they go to seed and make those little burrs that stick to your dog’s fur.
No weed is safe in MY yard!
I know, I know, I could treat my whole lawn with some industrial strength herbicide. But I ENJOY weed busting.
When I think of a large yard that has both good green plants and bad, it reminds me of Paul’s advice to his young protege, Timothy.
In a large house there are articles of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV)
Weeds are like sin to the Christian life. Both are instruments of ignoble purposes. Allow me to illustrate with a particularly insightful acrostic:😀
- Pervasive – the weeds of sin are all too common and hard to stop.
- Invasive -they pry and protrude into our lives.
- Evasive -weeds are deceptive and misleading, often camouflaging themselves.
There’s not just PIE in the sky, there’s some right off the back patio. Therefore, daily weed control (confession of sin) is a necessity. My former pastor and mentor, called this cleansing process, God’s ‘washcloth.’
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9 (NIV)
Weeding must be intentional.
But how do we tell the grass from the weeds? No worries. The best strategy is to not be the only sheriff in town; ask the Holy Spirit to treat your whole life with a heavenly strength herbicide.
Get rid of the weeds and God’s grass will grow.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.Galations 5:22-25 (NIV)
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