We started this series about a month ago on the topic of seeds, sowing and reaping. So what happens after seeds are sown? Can we sit back and relax? No—there’s still work to do, and one of the most important tasks is weeding.
Simply put, if you want to bear fruit, you’ve got to pull weeds. The first step in eliminating weeds is to identify them. Weeds deceive. Think about it—they’re green with stems and leaves like other plants, so they blend in well. And some weeds have flowers. There was a time I thought dandelions were pretty. That was when I was a child. I didn’t understand that looking pretty does not make something good. As I grew older, that “pretty” flower lost its appeal because I recognized it for what it was—a weed.
The same applies to spiritual matters. We can’t be childish if we’re looking for a harvest. Now keep in mind, “child-like” is not “childish.” Being child-like in faith is desirable. It speaks to a trusting and humble disposition. But childishness is spiritual immaturity. It’s the unwise “babe in Christ” who can’t discern between what leads to fruitfulness, and what should be pulled by the roots.
“AND SOME FELL AMONG THORNS…”
In the parable of the soils, some seeds landed in weeds (“thorns”), which “sprang up and choked them” (Matthew 13:7). This is precisely why weeds are a hazard to the garden. Weeds steal. They sap up the water our seeds need to take root. Then they hinder their growth by depleting the soil of nutrients, swallowing up space and blocking sunlight. It doesn’t take long for weeds to take over.
In explaining the parable, Jesus said weeds represent the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. Isn’t it true that stress and anxiety over the cares of this world will cheat us of a fruitful life? And if we aren’t careful, we can be tricked into worshipping wealth. In fact, the love of money is like a weed with a “root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).
EARLY AND OFTEN
So how do we keep weeds under control? Pull early, and pull often! The moment you identify a weed—get rid of it! Don’t get distracted and don’t delay. If you aren’t quick and decisive, you’ll allow time for the roots to dig deep and the branches to grow thorns. Then what could have easily been plucked from your garden—or from your life—has established a stronghold.
Weeds come by way of the flesh nature, the world system and the devil. Through the power of the Spirit and the authority of the Word, we are equipped to pull them up by the roots. God gave us good seed—seed that bears fruit. Stop letting the weeds of life destroy them.