Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Looking at my garden and how fast the weeds grow, made me think how important it is to keep up the weeding.
Recently we have had perfect growing conditions...lots of interspersed periods of rain and sun. But, not only have the flowers bloomed and trees blossomed, but weeds too have sprung up prolifically. And this made me stop and think.
In our lives, when God is working in us, when His Spirit finds the right conditions to nurture fruit in our lives, is there a greater propensity for weeds that we may have left alone to also grow and rear their heads?
The right conditions in our lives for growth can cause the wrong things to sprout.
Think about it. How often have you heard about a top Christian leader, seemingly blessed by God, obvious fruit pouring out, only for them to stumble in sin. Or, in your own life, when things are going well, you are in a good place with God, and then you do something that seems to belie or even sabotage the good that has been happening.
Confess and renew
Paul talks into this urging us to not 'copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you...' The tense of this renewing is continuous, something we need to do all the time. Jesus talked about the seed in the thorns as one who 'hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word', and how this leads to unfruitfulness. We need the constancy of His word in our lives and be open to the renewing of our minds by His Spirit.
In Ezra 10 we see a simple command, 'Now, therefore, make a confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do His will.' Paul talks about a healthy church as one where people confess to each other. Imagine if we could have the courage to do this more and allow the Spirit to water the right seeds in our lives. What if we lived in this rhythm of confession and renewal, not out of a sense of guilt, but out of the desire to be fully in God's will!