Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Get some "pre-emergent"

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 MSG)
Pearl Buck said, "Love dies only when growth stops." The growth one realizes in life is in direct proportion to the seeds planted. If the seeds are planted in response to God's leading, the harvest will indeed be worthy of all the time and effort put into it. We all "plant" in "response" to something - whatever it is we respond to, let it be that which produces only the best harvest!
We can tell a lot about who or what we are responding to in life by the harvest we realize from those seeds planted. The right seeds will yield things like growing, solid relationships; creative change that moves us away from something undesirable and toward that which builds us up. The wrong seeds will produce such things as anger, bitterness, mistrust, and even growing lust for the wrong stuff in life.
We might think it begins with the seed planted, but in reality it begins with the response we have toward either self or God. We deny self the right to choose the seed and we respond to the tug of God's Spirit as we plant. Will our lives be "weed free"? Probably not totally, because there is always "transference" of some of the "weed seeds" from others in life. 
I have a lawn that isn't actually "weed free". I do my best to not allow those seeds to take root, but honestly, I don't see the seeds until they have! It is kind of like that in our lives sometimes - we just don't realize what we have allowed to take root until we see something growing out of those seeds! We get weeds, not because we actively planted them, but because they were transferred into our lives through the actions of others. 
The way to deal with those "transferred" seeds is to have a diligent eye to spot the growth of those weeds when they are really small! There is one step even better - use some "pre-emergent". Several times a year, I put a pre-emergent on my lawn. Why? Even if the seeds get planted, it will continue to work to not allow them to grow into fully formed weeds capable of making more seed!
Pre-emergent might be hiding the Word of God in our hearts, so when untruth comes knocking, we don't welcome it in. It may take the form of spending regular and consistent time with others who challenge you to grow in the right ways in life. It could also be the times we just get quiet long enough to have God help us take notice of the things trying to "transfer" into our lives - either in thought, word, or deed. 
It isn't that we "get weeds" from good seed. We get weeds because we don't respond to them or their seeds when they are first trying to emerge! Just sayin!