When I was mowing my yard recently, I noticed a very tall weed that had grown up in our front bushes. I had not noticed it until the nuisance grew taller than the bush. When I pulled it, it came out cleanly, root in tact. I was glad, because I know in order for the weed to be destroyed and not grow back, I must pull it out completely, including the root. If I just pull the top off, the weed will grow back, probably bigger and stronger than before.
It reminded me of my sin. I can’t just “pull the top off,” but I must get down all the way to the root.
God showed me an example of this with my teenage son. He was up watching a movie, but I wanted to go to bed. The DVD was a series of 30-minute programs. I told him he could watch one 30-minute show, then he needed to go to bed. I trusted him to obey my directions. Two hours later I awoke to the sound of the TV playing downstairs. He had disobeyed my instructions, and had watched the whole 2-hour DVD.
Now, he may think what he had done wasn’t “that bad.” He hadn’t been drinking or smoking. He wasn’t lying or swearing. He hadn’t snuck out of the house. He wasn’t looking at pornography. He wasn’t teasing siblings. He certainly wasn’t doing anything illegal. He was watching a G rated movie for goodness’ sakes!
It wasn’t that his behavior was “bad.” But, getting down to the ROOT of the problem, he had deliberately chosen to DISOBEY a direct and completely CLEAR command. It wasn’t that I was upset about him watching the program, (that was just the head of the weed!) but I was angry that he disobeyed my command. Disobedience is the ROOT that has to be pulled out….and that thinking of “I know better than mom. I can stay up late and be OK. It doesn’t hurt anything to finish the movie.”
Hmmm…….. Sounds like the lie in the garden. “You can be like God. You know just as much as God. Surely you won’t die.”
Sometimes we look at the “top of our weeds”, thinking that they aren’t so bad. And..we let them grow. But, what we MUST do is locate the ROOT and pull it out! Get rid of the root of sin.
The root of bitterness.
The root of envy.
The root of unforgiveness.
The root of complaining.
The root of jealousy.
Father God, we praise You! Thank You that You never allow those weeds to stay in our hearts. You want to pull out the sin by its ROOT. Thank You, Lord, that I am ROOTED in YOUR LOVE! Lord, I give You my heart and ask that You remove any root of sin. Lord, I don’t want just the top pulled off! I want the whole sin pulled OUT, root and all! In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen!
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