“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15 (NLT)
I was working in the garden today. I was digging up these roots that seemed never ending. There is a plant coming up in multiple spots almost like tall blades of grass and the roots grow so deep that it’s hard to uproot them. I have to be sure to get all the way down so that it doesn’t come back up rearing it’s ugly head. I’ve been dealing with them for a couple of years now and decided: enough is enough!
I was reminded of a truth while I was digging away. Sometimes when we go through things in life that hurt us in some way, or cause problems in our personal life, we like to bury them in the background and never think of them again. We do this because it is sometimes easier to keep living with the issue, than to deal with it head on. We learn to live with it, and it becomes all to comfortable. Whenever God brings it to the surface, we shut down. Or if we attempt to fix the problem, it is only a temporary fix, and we are back at square one. Sound familiar?
I’ve been here many times in my own life, and know others that have been there, or are there. The problem with not dealing with an issue, is that it blocks us from growing into what God intends. We don’t make room for anything new in our lives because our “gardens” so to speak, are crowded with weeds. We give up trying, because the moment we get a hold of something good, the old problem springs back up. We feel defeated, and lose our patience to ever try again. Then what takes root, is bitterness.
“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:7-9
There are good weeds and there are bad weeds. This was a bad weed. I have battled this same weed over and over, doing it the lazy mans way. Which means dealing with the symptoms, instead of getting to the heart of the matter. Pulling off what I can see, burying it with more soil, yet leaving a piece of the root in the ground only to grow back up and multiply.
Jesus has more for our lives. He wants to take the bad weeds (troubles of life) and the roots that cause them (sin of the world) and replace with beautiful seeds, that will grow and multiply beautiful things that fill our soul with Joy.
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10.
Jesus the seed of David, did just that. He came to the earth, and took on all the sin we would ever face, and they died on the cross with Him, never again having any power to control us. The problem is that we have free will, and we sometimes give it power that it never had in the first place.
Maybe you are dealing with something in your own life, or trying to help someone else. Be careful how you approach others at times. We can take perfectly good seed that God gives us, and pour it out among the weeds, and nothing will come of it. In fact it can come back to bite us. (Matthew 7:6) But if we let the Jesus do the groundwork first, then we can move ahead. Jesus needs to prepare the heart first, then a seed can be sown. You can pray for God to give YOU a heart of flesh so that you can succeed in your walk of life. Ever notice that in a church service it always starts with worship. Ever wonder why? Music has the ability to soften our hearts, and put us into a state of being ready to receive. Sometimes during your worship, God does his best work. Even if you do not feel like it, worship Him with thankfulness for what He is about to do in your life. Do it in faith, and watch God’s hand move, He is faithful.
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5
It is important that we guard our hearts, and consistently let God edify us, because it’s all too easy to let the cares and temptations of life invade and take over. Adam and Eve were unaware that what was happening until it was about to destroy them. Sin can seem so glamorous, but it is enough to destroy us if we let it. Adam and Eve allowed themselves to be deceived and lost out with God. Let’s not exact the same thing on ourselves. We have God’s grace to pull us through in this dispensation of time, even if we fall. Keep God’s word in your heart, and tend to it daily through prayer. Be careful what you feed your mind and let your heart be overcome with, what we watch, what we listen to, who we hang out with all has an affect on our heart.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
Well I can tell you I will be a hurting mess tomorrow; I might have overdone it. But, the longer I let the roots stay, the deeper and more troublesome they become. If you deal with them quickly they won’t have time to grow deeper and cause further damage. But the beauty thing is, there is nothing to hard or impossible for God. Everything can be fixed, with a little time and faith. (Luke 1:37; Jeremiah 32:27)
Do what you can today, and ask God to help you complete the rest. sometimes we try to overdo it. Problems take time to fix, it’s not a one day operation. A heart condition due to improper eating can seem to come about quickly, but takes a lot longer to fix. It takes a while to gain proper habits and heal from years of damage. Small reachable goals.
I did not get it all done today, but I feel accomplished to have gone done what I did. I will continue to work on it every day, and then go out and find some seeds to plant that will harvest beautiful flowers; perennials of course, this way I can enjoy them coming back every year without fail. Keep your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), and He will turn your life into something more beautiful than you can imagine, in His time, bringing blessings about each year without fail, no matter what comes your way. He is the Constant Gardener.
Jesus is the Seed of Life. He came to give us life, and expects us to live it abundantly. If you allow Jesus into your heart, His word will take root and will protect you, and cause you to stand firm in the storms of life. Like a tree planted along a riverbank, with a constant source of water.
“They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.”