I was sitting in the quiet of the evening, flipping through a catalog when something in it captured my attention. It was simply two words – yet they hit me as profound and insightful.
On this wooden box it said; Weed & Reap.
My first thought pertained to gardening.
If we allow weeds to remain among the things we are trying to grow, it will kill the very thing we are trying to produce. The weeds will zap all the nutrients from the plants. They cannot grow without the proper nutrients. Therefore, it is vital to keep weeds out of your garden.
It is the same in our spiritual walk. If we don’t remove weeds and keep them out, they will kill the very things we are trying to produce in our lives, in our hearts.
As Christians, what weeds are we allowing to take root in our life? What things are taking the nutrients out of the spiritual things we are trying to grow?
And…how do we discern the weeds in our life?
Galatians 5:22-25 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
This scripture sets the standard. Are you investing your time and energy into this type fruit? If not, you just may be watering weeds. If left intact, weeds will choke your spiritual life. They will drain the life out of you, if you are not careful.
What things are weeds?
In Mark 4, Jesus taught about the parable of the sower. One of the things He mentioned that would choke out our seed is worry, or the cares of this world.
Worry or anxiety is defined as; to be drawn in different directions, or to be distracted.
What distracts you? What is drawing you in a direction you know is unfruitful? Could it be worry?
Philippians 4:6-7 says; Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For others, it can be busyness. I deal with this one periodically. Sometimes busyness is simply a distraction – which is a weed. Something else that can remove life from my fruit, if I allow it to.
Yet the thing we must remember the most is this. If left alone, weeds have a great potential for multiplication. And they multiply quickly.
Allowing one weed to grow freely could multiply, thereby producing a crop failure. I once read that weeds left unattended cut a harvest by 40 – 60 percent. Consider that consequence when allowing weeds in your spiritual garden.
It’s time we get begin pulling and removing those destructive weeds. It’s time to remember, these are the harvest hinderers and we want none of that. When we weed, we reap…a good harvest. That’s worth it all.
Meditate on this:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15