It has been a few weeks since I’ve done any yard work. The biggest reason is that I am in full swing with Grad school, the next is that it’s been super humid, and the last reason is that it’s been raining so much. This combination of reasons has left my yard unattended.
In those uncared for weeks, things got bad quickly. Weeds sprang up from nowhere, flowering plants grew out of control, and months of work became undone.
While working and listening to my Passion Worship Band Pandora station, I saw a clear picture of my relationship with the Lord reflected in this mess. How many times had I left my most important relationship unattended? What had happened in the wake of that decision?
“And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.'”Matthew 13:3-9
I hear you Jesus. When I am working on things besides attending to being assured of having soil that is constantly having new things from and about the Lord sinking in and flourishing, I’m allowing the ground of my heart and soul to be invaded and torn away. The barbs of weeds dig in and cause doubt. The drought brought on by my lack of hydrating my soul causes dry, cracked, impenetrable ground. How can God plant seeds that can grow here? Just as in the parable of Jesus, nothing will last in this ground.
It is so perpetuated in our Christian culture to reach for a comfortable life that looks a certain way. There is no depth of challenging what our soil looks like so everyone becomes content. We become content to be a generation that drinks in pornography and dresses in inappropriate, tiny clothing while clubbing. We have one post on social media cussing someone out while a few later we want to talk about how good God is. People have sex outside of marriage and resigns themselves to this destructive behavior that leads to more broken hearts than whole ones.
What is happening here? Is this how we accept our soil now? Have we become content with “most” of the weeds being gone because no one can judge us? When people say only God can judge me, my first thought is, “Are you ready for that?
We will all account for every word we have ever said and everything we have ever done. How much time are we spending running around doing things that do not help us in our walk? What would our lives look like if we did not waste time on these things?
Do not let any circumstance, relationship, or sin keep you from tending to what is most important. It’s eternity that you are experience and are being molded for as you seek quiet space and the presence of God and Christ. You will never become like someone you do not spend any time with.
Sometimes this pursuit requires sacrifice. Sometimes we have to let go of something else we are hanging onto to put the Lord in His rightful place. Christ is all. He is above all. It is easier to say that than to live it. I know that from experience, but I also know God is for me and His grace is sufficient.
Matt Chandler is an incredible teacher of God’s word. He spoke at a Passion Conference, and he used the illustration of a child learning to walk. The comparison was that a loving father doesn’t do anything but cheer and encourage his child who is “walking.” Even if we stumble, our Father sees that you are walking, and calls us to get back up!
Attend the soil in your life so that God can raise up a beautiful display of His grace and majesty for the whole world to see!