August 27, 2015

Messy Lives

Ephesians 4:25-31
There are many factors that go into producing a successful garden. One must take care where they plant, what they plant, and how they plant. They must also then maintain their garden by keeping down weeds, controlling pests, and watering properly. It is nearly impossible to do any of these without getting your hands dirty in the process. It is a hands-on experience.

When weeds pop up in the garden, they hinder the growth of the plants you actually want to grow. Aside from being an eyesore, the weeds rob those plants of vital nutrients they need to be healthy. The longer you allow a weed to fester in the garden, the more damage it starts to do and the more weeds it begins to produce. You cannot destroy a weed by only cutting off its top. This may make your garden look better for a time, but the weed will eventually return. The only way to rid the garden of the weed is to remove it at its root.

Likewise, we must take care to remove those things that amplify the messiness of life. Like weeds in a garden, the longer we allow those things to fester, the more damage they do and the more problems they produce. What are some of the weeds that are hindering your growth in Christ? Are you getting to the root of those weeds or just tearing off the tops?