Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weeds

The last time I weeded the flower beds was about a month ago; life has been busy.  Needless to say, when my husband went outside to do some yard work, he had a big job with the weeding.  Weeds are persistent; if we do not keep on top of them they will take over our flower beds.  I really should have been going out there every other day just to check up on the flower beds and it would have taken hardly any time at all to take care of the weeds.  I could have pulled them up at the very first sign of them before their roots had a chance to take hold.  Instead, because I let it go for a month the weeds were terrible!  My poor rose bushes were being invaded by an vine and the flower bed that has been empty this summer became full of weeds.

Our spiritual lives are like that as well.  We need to be purposeful at taking out the behavior that belongs to our human nature.  But the only way to do that is through the power of Christ.  Without Christ, the weeds are too tall and the roots too big to be able to pull out - we might just be able to chop them down, but the weeds of human nature will pop back up.  Christ can remove them completely, but we need to come before Him daily in prayer and in the Bible so He can do the weeding He so desperately wants to do.  But, just like my empty flower bed, we also need to let Christ fill our hearts with His beauty and righteousness so there is no room for the weeds to take root again.  We need to let Christ empty our hearts of the weeds and then let Him plant His Word into us.

James 1:21 (NLT) says, "So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls."

Have you let Christ do some weeding in your heart lately?

This post is linked with Spiritual Sundays.

7 comments:

  1. "Purposeful at taking out the behavior." Sometimes it feels like I pull a few weeds here and a few there. Purposeful weeding works until the job is done! I notice in James it says "get rid of ALL..." Excellent truth you've shared.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! Yes...ALL! Only through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us can that be done!

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  2. this is pretty true..hope you're having a great weekend

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Excellent analogy...I too like the idea of purposeful weeding.

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    1. Purposeful is a word God has laid on my heart for over a year, now. I see that is the only way to truly live out my life in a way that pleases God (through the work of Christ!).

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  4. What a great analogy. It is amazing how weeds grow so fast. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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