Monday, August 15, 2011

Digging deeper

“Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants” (Matthew 13:7).

I love the look of a freshly weeded flower bed. Although it has been a while since I have pulled weeds, I prefer to do it after a good, hard rain when the weeds will give up easily. The problem is the weeds that seem to give up easily are the ones whose roots stay put. Those weeds rip right off without pulling the roots with it. I am so happy to a clean flower bed until a couple of days later, when all the weeds are back again.

I didn’t dig deep enough. I never got to the root of the weed. If I took the extra effort to dig deeply to the bottom of the deepest root, the weed can never come back again.

The same is true in my life. I can pick off the surface and make it look perfect and neat. But those weeds just grow right back again, sometimes even stronger. It takes the love of Jesus to see to the deepest part and rip out the parts that are not of his nature. “Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants” (Matthew 13: 7).

Getting rid of the weeds allows the plants to grow to their fullest. The same is true of our hearts; if we pull out the weeds, all the way to the roots, it allows our hearts to grow.

Praying this morning that God will reveal any sin in my life so That I may dig deep, pulling out the weeds.