I want to take a few minutes to expound upon a thought that was shared during last night’s lesson at CR. As those of you who have read my blog know, I often share things that I have learned from others and try to dig deeper and maybe share a different perspective.
As I look out my window at my lawn, I see lots of dead grass and lots more weeds. I am reminded t…hat the weeds are a lot like sin. It is usually easy to recognize the weed and chop it off or pull the surface. My sin is equally as recognizable and easy to say, “I’ll never do that again.” But if I don’t address the root of the weed, it will just come back, and usually stronger. Last night’s lesson at CR dealt with the step and principle where I ask God to remove my chararacter defects. Without addressing the character defect (or root of my sin), I will not be able to eliminate that sin from my life.
But simply treating the weed or pulling it from the root is not simply enough. You have to fill the void left by the weed, or it can return, with friends.
Luke 11:24-26 says 24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”
Once we have asked and allowed God to remove our character defect, if we don’t fill that void with something of God, we run the risk of that space being filled by other defects that will bear an even more damaging sin nature.
A landscape of well fertilized grass, beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, and well rooted bushes and trees, is an amazing sight to behold. In the same way, with God as my landscaper, I can be a witness to others of His great work in my life. I can share the fruit from my landscape with others giving them the love and care of Christ.
In the same way, when I allow my lawn to be overrun with weeds, the seeds of those weeds can be spread to the other lawns in my neighborhood. I bear a responsibility to not allow my influence to negatively affect the spiritual well being of those with whom I have influence.
Sometimes in life we are faced with conditions that require us to work harder to avoid the weeds (sin) in our lives as those conditions make it easier for weeds to thrive. In looking at my lawn this year, the only thing that is growing is the weeds. I did not fertilize my grass this year, and in this drought, I have not watered my lawn regularly. The grass has all but died, and the weeds continue to spread and grow. If I were to take that same approach to my spiritual growth, my sin nature would be in very much the same condition. I must fertilize and water my spiritual landcape through active participation in worship, fellowship with believers, spending daily time in prayer and Bible reading, and a continual check on my spiritual condition. By doing so, my spiritual landscape will remain healthy and bear much fruit.
Weeds will always be a part of my spiritual landscape, as only God has a perfect lawn. But if I am diligent in the daily care of my landscaping, when a weed does rear its ugly head, the root or character defect will not be as strong and will be easier to remove.