Today’s Scripture: The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. PsalmĀ 19:8-9

There is nothing worse than walking into a garden, which required several hours of hard work the week before, that is now filled with weeds. Overtaking the plants you paid for and tended, the weeds stare up in defiance. I am not much of one for gardening, like most normal people I would much rather be out fishing. But, I can’t help but notice what an accurate picture gardening displays of the Christian life.

When we take a close look at those pesky weeds, we see that they are quite the force to be reckoned with. In fact, weeds choke out crops and other desirable plants by competing for water, sunlight, and space. There are even weeds that can pave the way for rampant wildfires. More than 240 types of weeds produce and release chemicals that impede the growth of nearby plants. As if that were not enough, some weeds are even poisonous.

Our spiritual life is much like a garden, and we are given the opportunity to make it as beautiful to the Lord as possible or let it slip into worldly disarray. Allowing “weeds” to take over our lives can result in nothing other than disaster. Although we can never lose our eternal salvation, we can lose rewards here on earth as well as lose our testimony before those we want to win to the Lord. Our growth can be stifled, our outreach obstructed, and our relationship with God hindered.

Think for a moment, ‘What weeds do I have in my life?’ Maybe you have the TV-weed or the gotta-have-it-thorn bush called envy. There are so many things in life that can take our “prize garden” and turn it into a misshapen jungle of confusion. Those distractions can choke out God’s best for us. They can start wildfires in our hearts and lives that will destroy our testimony to all who are watching. Get out the spiritual Roundup and take care of those weeds today! Remember, they grow fast.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder