Saturday, June 10, 2017
Saturday Sermonette - Pretty Weeds
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Hubby and I were driving around the ranch one day when I spotted a tall plant in the ditch alongside the road with beautiful, pale yellow flowers. We went back to the house and I got my camera. I had to know what it was. Maybe I could dig it up and replant it in our flower garden. Or at least get some seeds. Fortunately, wisdom reigned for once.
I searched through gardening books. Went online with a picture. Finally found it. Whew! So glad I didn't plant it in my yard! It was a noxious weed that loved water. It was actually considered a water garden flower in some southeastern states, but here in the north central California valley where rice farms cover the landscape, definitely not so desirable! Once it gets started, it's extremely hard to eradicate.
Sometimes deceptions sneak into our lives in much the same way. They're pretty to look at, sound convincing, and are lots easier to live with than the principles in the Bible. How has our world (and even our churches) come to be convinced that adultery, lying, killing, and umpty-ump other things are acceptable in certain instances?
Weeds are like that. In certain instances they look pretty, but like noxious weeds they are, they choke out the grass, flowers, and even sometimes trees. For instance, we planted a half-dozen violet plants in the flowerbed. In a few years, the violets took over the flowerbeds, grass, and herb garden.
What weeds are you allowing in your garden because they look good?
Lord, please reveal every weed in our lives and help us get rid of them! For Jesus's sake and in His name, amen.