“How in the world did that weed grow so big? And there’s so many of them. I just weeded this bed 2 weeks ago!” says the inattentive gardener.
Let’s have some fun (since this is such a serious subject) and play hide and seek with the much-hated dandelion weed.
Sin is like that. It often sneaks up on us, sometimes out of nowhere!
Where’s that sneaky little weed hiding in this picture?
That was an easy one, but can you find the dandelion in the next photo? (No cheating!)
Did you find it?
Unless you look extremely carefully you’d miss it. Here’s a closeup:
Dandelions have deep tap roots. If you don’t get it all, it’ll grow back. You need a special tool to get it all.
If the ground is dry, it’s best to water it well before attempting to dig it out. Even then it’s a battle.
In this case, which is typical, I didn’t get all the root of these two, but I did with the smaller dandelion found in the first picture.
What can we learn from this?
1. The smaller the weed, the easier to get it all.
The sooner we address a sin issue, the smaller it will be and therefore easier to expunge from our lives. Therefore, at the first sign of sin, nip it in the bud before it grows. As soon as the Holy Spirit convicts you (shows you your sin), confess and repent.
2. The larger and older the weed, the deeper we need to dig.
Entrenched sinful habits are hard to break and need repeated addressing. We need God’s special Tool: His Word.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Heb 4:12)
Once isn’t enough. You’ll have to go back again and again; soaking yourself in the Scripture and allowing God to do what only He can do. Only He can expose the root cause and remove it. Are you willing to pray as David did?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you; and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Ps 139:24)
But as a believer you also have the best Gardener!
However, understand this: you may have a tendency to sin in a certain area for the rest of your life. I’m not trying to discourage you, but to warn you so you can keep your guard up! Remember you also have the world and the evil one cultivating the soil of your heart to grow weeds.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 Jn 4:4)*
We must be diligent in searching and digging out those sinful areas in our lives. It takes intentionality, persistence, and the power of our Redeemer to have victory over sin.
Originally posted 8/29/17
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