Pull the Weeds
Daily Devotional for June 29th
13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: … 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:7 & 22
One of the most intense parables that Jesus ever taught, to me, is this parable. It demands our continued careful consideration of its impact on our lives as Christians. This parable has three main subjects; the word of God, satan’s tactics, and the heart of man. In every place with the exception of the wayside, the seed is sown and grows. The result of fruit and survival of the seed is based upon the keeper of the garden.
As in the garden of Eden as a sign of the curse, thorns and thistles are recurring scourge that Adam had to labor in continually to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow. Adam’s sweat was a direct result of his continual toil with the ever present weed growth that continually sought to choke out the good plants in his garden. The word care comes from the Greek word mer’-im-nah which means solicitude(through the idea of distraction). Satan uses the cares of this life to distract you from your attention on the word of God the same as a magician uses the sleight of hand to perform a trick.
Fruitful plants must be guarded and protected in order to bring forth fruit. Weeds can take over a garden that has been tilled and planted by nothing more than being left alone. Life’s distractions and the deceitfulness of riches are meant to do one thing; to choke out the word of God in your heart. What does your life have in it? Are life’s cares choking the word out of your heart? Have you noticed that every time you encounter distractions, that you make a choice on allowing the cares (weeds) to remain or the word of God? There’s one thing for certain, both cannot survive together. If the weeds are allowed to remain in your life, there will come a time when the word of God is choked completely. Is it time to pull the weeds in your life?
This literally means that we must take inventory of our lives regularly. Not only should we pull the weeds, but we must also inspect our garden (heart) every day. Just as a garden must be tended to regularly to ensure weeds are continually dealt with, we must continue to allow the word of God and the Holy Spirit deal with us concerning the cares of this life. We are still Adam and Eve in our own garden of Eden today. What will I choose? Let’s pull the weeds out of our lives. Pluck them up by the roots and let the good seed of God’s word grow in our hearts til we bring forth one hundred fold harvests.