I enjoy being outdoors, but I must say that one of my least favorite things to do is weed the flowerbed. Our flowerbed rarely needs it, thankfully. However, weeding the “flowerbed” is something all of us need to put some time and effort into (metaphorically). Think of it this way: The flowers and trees are the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The weeds can be seen as sins we are unwilling to let go of. Any successful gardener knows that having a fruitful garden requires constant work; the plants must be watered, weeds pulled, and the plants protected from the highs and lows of the weather.
Maintaining the flowerbed of life isn’t a once in a while or “when I remember” thing. Are you willing to put the effort into having a fruitful, God-focused life?
Let’s say you’re studying for a test. We all know how important it is to be completely focused on what we’re doing–otherwise we don’t learn anything. But there are always distractions. If you want to do well on the test, though, you have to discipline yourself to stay concentrated on what you’re doing.
In the same way, leading a Christian requires discipline and focus. The world claims to offer things that will bring you happiness, pleasure–but do the things it offers agree with what the Bible says? If not, it’s just a distraction (or worse). When we’re not totally focused on God, we’ll be leading a half-fulfilled life. We’re missing out on our full potential.
I’m not saying we can’t have fun, but we need to learn to filter the fun out of the distractions, and the temptations to sin. They’re around us, everyday. Back to the weeding metaphor: These are things that need to be yanked out of our life. If we leave them there to grow, they’ll eventually choke our fruit until we produce nothing good.
It’s time to stick our hands in the dirt, pull out those weeds, and grow!