Let both (the wheat and tares) grow together till the day of harvest – Matthew 13:30 – New International Version
The gardener in me sometimes comes to life when I least expect it. I am by no means a ‘green thumb’ but the sight of a clover leaf will get me going. Clover has medicinal properties I’m told, but I’m not growing clover, I’m trying to grow a lawn!
The first time I spotted a telltale leaf I immediately set about removing the intrusion. I got a firm grip and started to pull at it. I was amazed at what I saw. The roots were intertwined with the grass and it was very difficult to distinguish one from the other. At times I firmly grasped pieces and pulled with all my might only to come up with pieces of lush green grass. Frustrating. In trying to get rid of the weed I was killing what I had deliberately planted and nurtured. I decided to take a closer look at what lay beneath the obvious and after careful attention, was able to extricate a rather long specimen. Looking down at my prize lawn, I could see the path my hands and tools had wandered, leaving patches of grass in their wake. Grass seeds, black earth and water came to the rescue and in a few weeks, all was good as new.
Life lessons came to mind…. how is my walk with God? Do I blend in with others around me? Have I kept my salvation a secret to avoid standing out? If someone wanted to find the Christian in the room, would they have to come armed with tweezers and a magnifying glass? Have I become like everyone else or do I stand out for the right reason? What have I allowed to become so entwined in my life that has made it difficult to separate one from the other? The word of God says in Matthew 5:16 that our light should shine so that men may see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father.
Has the Master Gardener been at work in my life? Has He been trying to get rid of things that don’t belong there? Am I allowing Him to examine me and see if there is any offensive way in me? (Psalm 139:24) What has caused the holes in my heart? Am I allowing God to heal me in the places where He had to tear away something harmful that I was holding too close to me? Have I allowed Him to remove all the roots or have I camouflaged things He’s telling me to get rid of.
Selective listening kicks in. I hear what I want to hear and the rest I let fall like water off a duck’s back. The consequences are not far away. I can choose to let Him restore and heal. I can choose to give Him the opportunity to fix what has been broken and repair the breach or I can continue to leave the doors open for the enemy to wander in and take up residence.
Ephesians 4:26b cautions against given an opportunity to the devil. It’s time for house cleaning… swing your chair around so you face the mirror … how do you measure up?
Father, thank You for salvation. I do not have tongues to sing of Your greatness or hands enough to lift in praise to Your majesty. I give You all the glory.
Lord, I confess that I have allowed things that you don’t approve of into my life. I confess that I have allowed them to take root and disguise themselves as part of me. I renounce everything in my life that does not give you glory and I ask that you would wash me in the blood of the Lamb. Heal and restore for Your name’s sake.
Help me to keep my spiritual eyes and ears open and my heart attuned to You so that I may stand against the wiles of the enemy. I trust You with my very life and I ask that You would take my hand and lead me in Your truth . Be glorified in my life both now and forever.