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
Spiritual weed seeds are planted when there has been hurt, offense, discouragement, grief, sorrow, or any experience that bring distress, stress and weariness. Over time, if these seeds are not dealt with, the weeds will start to grow. The weeds may seem harmless at first, just unsightly or cause a short pause to question their existence.
Have you ever known a person who is covered in spiritual weeds? While in their presence, you can hear a small voice crying faintly underneath the thistles “help me” “I’m covered in weeds”. But, the outer, louder voice is saying “don’t judge me”, I’m fine”. Then the weeds start flowering, budding and everyone notices the weeds. They have grown so tall and the stalks are so thick that it takes someone with a license to apply the right formula to kill the weeds. Many times, sadly, the problem is that the person doesn’t want to get rid of them. They hide themselves underneath the thick, prickly leaves hoping no one will really see them and what they’ve become. They have become comfortable living in the weeds and making excuses for the weeds.
Many Christians who love God don’t even realize that they are in the weeds. Years go by and their behavior has become accepted by others. No one has had enough courage to point out – in love – the weeds that are choking the life out of them. They have forsaken the beautiful, anointed, called, appointed person they were and settled for a crop of weeds to live in, on and around. Sadly, the people they now associated with are “weedy” themselves and producing the same kind of seed. That’s how we get a society of “weeds” and “seeds”.
I remember, years ago, hearing someone describe another person as being “seedy”. Although I didn’t know exactly what that meant, I knew it wasn’t a favorable description. One of the definitions of “seedy” is: worn and shabby; unkempt, somewhat disreputable, unwell.
So, how do we keep the weeds out of our life? How do we help others who have fallen into the “weedy” and “seedy” category? First, we must examine ourselves daily to make sure we are walking in the love of God and not allowing offense, unforgiveness, and other related bad seeds to cultivate. It is important to uproot any seeds that are contrary to the Word of God immediately. We do that by allowing God to heal our hurts, pray for others and rest in His promises for our specific situations. A daily walk with God will allow Him to address the seeds that have been planted and the weeds that are beginning to pop up without your knowledge. A person free from a crop of weeds is a person that is responsible, diligent and has a support system to help keep them out of the weeds. Our friends should be the kind of friends to love us unconditionally like God does, but also friends who present truth to us in the love of God.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” Hebrews 10:24