Larry spends a lot of time in the yard pulling weeds. My parents, whose yard is huge, have invested a lot of money in RoundUp through the years.
The goal for all of them is keeping weeds at bay. It’s important work to do to keep our yards looking neat. How much more important is it for our souls?
The writer of Hebrews in chapter 12 vs 15 says we should be sure to watch out and not let a “bitter root grow up to cause trouble and defile many.”
That’s the NIV translation, but listen to it from The Message: “Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.”
It’s so much easier to pull weeds when they are tiny little things than when they’ve developed a root system or worse, have taken over a plot of land. I think about the weeds that spring up in our hearts: jealousy, bitterness, self-centeredness, anger, so many others that they’re flooding my mind faster than I can type.
The thing is, if we allow these to begin to take root, they will soon be sprouting out of us: in our conversation and our actions. And before long, the beautiful garden of our hearts, which should reflect God’s love and beauty, is being choked out with weeds, and people who drive by think “Wow, what a mess!” Or, heaven forbid, they pick up those bitter seeds and take them home where they take over their own hearts.
No wonder were supposed to keep a sharp eye out for those weeds!