I headed outside one morning on a hot sunny day, dressed in jeans, a long sleeve shirt and gardening gloves. Sacateurs in hand I approached the hedges in our drive with a little trim in mind. But the closer I got to these lush green bushes I realised that entangled amongst them was large, spiky and fierce looking brambles. They were absolutely everywhere. And on top of that bind weed was growing all throughout the bushes as well and choking up the flowers.
I couldn’t believe how out of control these weeds were when the bushes looked so beautiful and healthy from far away. As I started to snip away at the awful things I decided to go find the roots to make sure they didn’t make another appearance this season. So I crawled back behind the rhododedrans and found lots of large brambles. It took two hands and a bucketful of sweat to cut those things down. And as I was fighting these brambles and bind weed God suddenly spoke to me. What weeds are lurking behind your appearance?
We’ve all heard the stories of the pastor of the biggest church who’s been caught in adultery, the prettiest pastors wife who’s actually anorexic, the worship leader who’s gay or the youth pastor who’s stealing girls virginity.
On the outside things look so good. They’re strong Christians giving their all for God. The beautiful people who have it all together but throw up their food behind closed doors. It’s so, so, so sad. But we’re all prey to it. No one is exempt from falling into sin and weeds of sin can creep up on you without anyone noticing.
Don’t let sin take root in your life and grow into ugly weeds that end up choking you. God is the pruner, but are we doing any weeding? Are we making sure our hearts are pure and holy before God? Are we removing temptation, repenting of sin and changing unhealthy habits?
It was such a lightbulb moment crouched down behind those bushes. I had no idea what was behind these lush hedges, and was so disappointed to find weeds attacking their beauty and inhibiting their growth.
It’s a lot of hard work to get rid of weeds. It takes huge amounts of effort and you have to get to pull out the roots to make sure it won’t grow back. Let’s be diligent in setting our hearts right so that we can live worthy of our calling. We are called holy. Let’s make sure we remain holy before the Lord.
For God saved us and called us to live holy life. 2 Timothy 1:9
Keep watch and pray so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. Mark 14:38