- I love the sounds of spring: birds chirping, lawnmowers outside, and children playing on the lawn.
- I love the smells of spring: fresh cut grass, BBQ grills cooking away, and fresh flowers.
- I love the colors of spring: bright yellows, blues, pinks and greens.
- I love the sights of spring: butterflies, baby birds, trees covered in buds, and flowers pushing through the dirt with their rainbow of color.
I think one of the few things I don’t like about spring is weeds.
I hate the backbreaking work of pulling weeds out of my flower garden. I mean, seriously? I pulled them all out last year and didn’t send them an invitation to return, so why are they back? But here they are.
In fact, sometimes weeds show up before I plant the first flower. So I have to pull them all up in preparation for planting and then after I’ve planted new flowers and shrubs, here they come again, poking their stems in where they weren’t invited and don’t belong. Some of them may look pretty at first glance, but they are weeds and they will do their damage if left unchecked.
In order to keep weeds out of your garden, you have to stay on top of them. You have to yank them out by the root the moment they appear or they will take hold. They’re difficult to get rid of if left unchecked and they seem to multiple before my very eyes.
Isn’t the same true of unaddressed sin in our lives? It shows up, you get rid of it and before you can turn the other way, here it comes knocking again. You have to stay on top of it, checking your heart regularly.
Jesus is pretty clear that there’s no place for sin in His Kingdom. Matthew 13:41 says,
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.”
In order to be certain we are free from sin or hinderance, we need to come before Him daily, searching, weeding out so nothing can take root and multiply. Psalm 139:23-24 says,
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
King David knew the damage sin could do in your life if left unchecked [2 Samuel 11:1-12:14]. He didn’t ever want to risk it again.
What does the garden of your heart look like these days? Are things starting to bud and flourish? Are there any visible signs of weeds? If so, it’s time to visit the Master Gardener. He will leave no stone unturned, if you will yield to His weeding process.