How bad is my yard?
It’s so bad my neighbor told me, “Your lawn needs professional help.” Like myself, he had tried everything but nothing worked until he called the professionals. He said, “Lawns in Tennessee can only be saved with a professionals help.” Having tried to plant a lawn in the Verde Valley of Arizona, the rocky soil of Tennesee comes in a close second to my desert “lawn.”
Our creator knew a thing or two about lawns (cf. Mark 4:26-34). If you scatter grass seed or weed seeds, it’s the “land” that yields the results. Experts in soil management refer to “prime farmland” as “wealthy soil.”
Spiritually speaking, what kind of “land” is the creator working with? A soul free from sin is free to grow and is a wealthy soul. Jesus promised: “Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”
The weeds of sin and righteousness mirror each other.
Both begin as mustard seeds. David’s sin of adultery began with the sin of idleness and spread to murder. (2 Samuel 11) The seeds of righteousness, include grace and works. Aristotle spoke of the virtues cultivated through good habits. The Apostle Paul refers to this as the “habit of sowing seeds of righteousness vs. seeds of sin.” (cf. Galatians 6:8)
Paul asks the Corinthians to “remove the yeast of sin so you will be entirely pure. Then you will be a brand new batch of dough ready to eat the Passover meal).” (cf. I Corinthians 5:7-13).
Is my soul healthy?
Is my soul healthy? Without the grace of the new birth (cf. John 3), my soul will remain full of weeds. If you are a member of God’s kingdom family, entertaining sin is a dangerous place to live. As Neil Diamond’s song says, “Don’t Go There.”
King David deserved death. ““As the LORD lives, the man who has done this merits death!” (cf 2 Samuel 12) While David was punished, his life was spared. Why? How could a man who lied, committed murder and adultery be considered a “friend of God?” (I Sam 13: 14)? It’s all about heart. King David, like the woman, caught in adultery, deep down in their heart of hearts was willing to, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:7).
Fortunately, the world is full of little Christ’s who “rescuing the perishing”. If you are trapped or caught in sin (cf. Galatians 6; I John 5; James 5), God will send a Nathan or Paul to help you back to good soil.