I hate weeds.
You can spend your entire Saturday de-weeding your flower beds, only to wake up the next morning to discover one pesky, little weed has sneaked its way back into your landscape. It’s irritating!
But if you don’t address the weeds in your yard, they’ll only grow more aggressive and eventually take over. The lesson?
You must be dedicated to weed control early and often.
Couldn’t the same be said of our spiritual lives?
Even though we have been made new in and through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), our flesh continues to produce weeds that encroach on our lives. I find myself having to “de-weed” some areas that are resurfacing daily. I guess that’s why Jesus said we must pick up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23).
- If we let sin go un-confessed . . .
- If we let pride go unchecked . . .
- If we let bitterness go unbridled . . .
- If we let hurt go un-forgiven . . .
- If we let worries go unchained . . .
. . . then we find ourselves with a life full of weeds.
Here are three questions every Christian should ask to determine if it’s time to pull some weeds in your life
Am I justifying a sin in my life?
Isn’t it funny how we are quick to point out the habits and hangups in others, but we’re slow to identify the same issues in our own life? It’s easy to justify or explain away a sin. Maybe you’ve said something like:
- It’s not that big a deal.
- It’s just this once.
- No one will know.
- God will forgive me anyway.
When we make statements like these, it’s most likely there’s a weed that needs to go. There’s no such thing as a small sin. All sin is falling short of God’s righteous and perfect standard.
Am I living in the distractions?
Sometimes it’s not the sin that clutters our lives but the distractions. Remember when Martha was getting all bent out of shape because her sister, Mary, was lingering at the Lord’s feet?
Martha wasn’t living in outright sin; she was simply distracted. Martha missed out on the main thing because she was distracted by the many things.
Distractions are the weeds that keep us from living purposeful and intentional lives.
Have I become apathetic?
Sometimes weeds don’t grow in the form of sin or distractions but in apathy and indifference. Nothing will strangle and choke your life like apathetic living.
A dangerous place to be in is to know there are hurting people around you and not care about it. As a follower of Christ, you are called to action, commanded to serve, and commissioned to make disciples.
Every day we pull the weed of apathy by making the conscious decision not to be passive about the opportunities God provides.
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17)
Is God revealing some weeds in your life that need to be pulled? Remember, you must be dedicated to weed control early and often.
What are you waiting on? Start pulling some weeds!