We are continuing to look at how we can create a productive [natural] garden, and how Jesus used the same terminology to explain how the Kingdom of God grows here on earth in the [spiritual] gardens of our hearts!
OVERGROWN SOIL Mark 4:7 ‘Other seed fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades so that it produced no grain’.
I want to look a little more in to this type of soil as it exposes a lot of insights in to our lives. The definition of weeds is generally ‘something that’s growing where it should not be growing!’ A beautiful Orchid is a weed if it’s in an immaculate lawn! Dandilions, couch grass, ground elder, bitter cress etc, are really wild flowers and grasses, but they are just too overpowering and tenacious for cultivted plants to overcome and so these perennial pests dominate if they are allowed to!
Weeds, thorns, nettles, thistles etc are a result of the curse! There’s nowt we can do about it except be diligent in removing them! They will dominate if we allow them to! Jesus explained what these weeds look like in our lives: Mark 4:18-19 ‘And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things CREEP in and choke and suffocate the word, and it becomes useless’. [Amplified Bible]
That’s how weeds operate, they creep in tenaciously and choke out the good work being done! BUT ONLY IF WE ALLOW IT THROUGH NEGLIGENCE! So what is one of the devil’s biggest weapons against us? Distractions [that sums up the weeds in the soil of our hearts!], and boy, don’t I know it! But more of that tomorrow. So, the word on the street today is ‘KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED , YOUR EARS OPEN AND BE DILIGENT!’
PRAYER Loving God, my King and Creator. Thank you that Jesus lovingly and simply exposes the working of Sin, Satan, and Self in our lives. He wonderfully dismantles the lies of the devil by showing us those things which cause fruitlesness in our lives, and that the devil will do his utmost to distract us from the central issue of life! You, Almighty God and your plans for fruit in our hearts. Help me, help us to be dilligent today in jesus’ name. Amen