Thinking of the work that needs to get done to make my garden a bit more presentable, I was struck by the irony of this whole scenario. Is not my life a walking testament to this? Like my front flower bed, I too have allowed 'weeds' to grow and fester in my life. These 'weeds' have been people who have used their influence to grow and choke out bits of me. See, weeds don't care how beautiful the flower is next to them. Weeds will suck the life & nutrients out of the ground whether you are a rose, a lily, or even another weed. Without reason or apology, they quickly overtake a whole garden area and choke out whatever is around them. Destined to put their need of life before all other surrounding vegetation. Survival of the fittest.
Could I have been mistaken? Could I have been oversensitive as to the intention of those who appear as 'weeds' to me now? Yes, this has been me. I was lazy. I was afraid. I was confused on how to de-weed my life. So I let the weeds multiply, grow and further suffocate my Spirit. But I no longer feel compelled to keep 'weeds' around me. As 1 Corinthians 15:33 mentions, ". . . bad company corrupts good character".
Jesus' parables of the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30 can serve as a reminder . . . .
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
DO NOT be mistaken. In our life, there will be weeds and they will be planted by the enemy! We are not to be naive and think that everyone has our best interest at heart, that everyone loves us and that everyone is there to help us. Yes, we are to love others. Yes, we are to have mercy. And Yes, we are to emulate the same grace that God has given to us. However, I also believe the Bible when it speaks of evil around us.
Matthew 10:16Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.
We are to live among the weeds; not become them or be choked out by them. We must be discerning of those around us. There are many who are 'weeds'. . . who are malevolent, do not seek repentance or change and only seek to harm. We are not to entangle ourself in that, enable their sin or be a part of it.
Yes, sometimes that means you will have to pray, lightly weed your garden, pray some more and then leave the final weeding up to the Lord. Ultimately, it will be God who will cast the final judgement on those who have spent their life being 'weeds'. The parable tells us this when Jesus returns and harvests His followers. . . . forever separating us from the weeds.
"But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done."
Is it time to weed your garden??
***Linked to: The Better Mom