Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | February 25, 2013

The Strong Word – March 2012

 

It is the weeds that make me mad. It is not just the flowerbed or the shrubs that play host to quite a variety of weeds but even my lawn! How do they get there? Why are there more weeds than grass in some areas of my lawn? But they do thrive and their tap roots are deep and strong.

You can notice the strength of the root system of the weeds on a dry summers day when the lawn and the flowers all need water, the weeds remain green for the longest with their tap roots reaching deep into the soil to access water, while the grass can become quite withered and brown.

What I need to do each year, indeed more often if I can, is to dig out these weeds as they appear, to pinch them off as it were before they get too established so the lawn and the plants or whatever have better access to the soil and the water. This also prevents the weeds from growing bigger than the flowers and vegetables and stealing the sunlight that they so need to be able to develop aright and produce the flower or fruit.

Since pancake Tuesday and Ash Wednesday a fortnight ago we are in the season of Lent, a season of reflection. It is a time when Christians for many years now have sought to follow Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross. It can be an arduous journey, just as it was for Jesus 2,000 years ago, but it is the chance that we have to study the field that is our heart and to identify the weeds that grow there. Weeds like bad attitudes and bad habits or even a lack of faith and trust that prevent the fruit, that is so precious to Father God, from growing.

To deal with such before they get established will enable true Christian growth to take place. But it is never too late, I know a man who carelessly allowed a tree to grow in his garden 40 years ago. It took all his light and space, even killing his lawn, and causing damage to his car parked underneath. Eventually he came to his senses and got someone to help him cut the tree down.

His house and that of his neighbours are looking forward to seeing the sun again this year. Others as well as ourselves may well benefit if we use Lent wisely this year.

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2 )

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