One beautiful spring morning, I decided to take a walk to admire the dew-kissed grass on our property. Enjoying the walk and time with the Lord, I began to notice more and more weeds. All of a sudden, I found myself surrounded by weeds! And, I don’t mean a few here and there, but a bumper crop of weeds! “How did this happen?” I asked myself. It was at that moment that the Lord began to minister to me about weeds. He showed me how spiritual weeds can be present in a believer’s life. It was quite the eye-opener.
In the physical realm, there is a certain environment where weeds can flourish. Some of those conditions include overgrazing, soil depletion, neglect, abuse, overuse of chemicals, and the list goes on. One day you don’t see them and in the matter of days they seem to be everywhere! As I was noticing the various weeds, I pondered in my mind on how this happened.
So, the research began! I began to read about the weeds I saw on our property and educate myself on how to get rid of them. Thistles and similar weeds grow in an environment that has been left alone and not cultivated. The soil has not been fed the nutrients it needs, not had enough sunlight or water and poorly managed by overgrazing.
In a believer’s life, there must be sufficient light (relationship with Jesus), food and water (the Word), cultivation (discipleship/training). Without these things, the soil is conducive to producing spiritual weeds