I remember weeding our very first garden with white knuckles, in a cold sweat. All the sprouting vegetables in our tiny plot looked sort of alike to me. The weeds were just as green and leafy as the seedlings we’d planted, so I proceeded with great caution. Too afraid to be ruthless, I left behind anything that was questionable, and, therefore, did not do a very thorough job.
Thirty one years and thirty one gardens later, I can practically tell a bean seedling from a weed blindfolded! I turn over the soil with my finger tips as I yank out any and all offensive, unwelcome interlopers by the handful.
I am determined that all the goodness of the soil, all the refreshing rain that falls, and all the strengthening rays of sun should be soaked up by hardy tomato plants and deep rooted beets. My garden should be the sole property of bright orange squash blossoms and the juicy green peppers that go crunch in our summer sandwiches.
When you know exactly what you are protecting, you dare to be ruthless.
What Needs Uprooting in Your Life?
While I’m uprooting milkweed, witchgrass, and ropy yards of Virginia creeper, I’m creating space for all the goodness of fresh vegetables. When I cultivate habits of holiness in my life, I’m crowding out other habits that will take me further from God and further from the woman of faith I long to become. I know what I am protecting, so I want to be ruthless in cultivating a life wholly devoted to God’s Word, to regular prayer, and abundant production of the fruit of the Spirit.
When you know exactly what you are protecting, you dare to be ruthless.Tweet
Elisabeth Elliot offers this counsel:
Jesus alone can bring order out of the chaos of our sinful lives. And we must repeat our humble invitation to him. Not only on that crucial day when for the first time we receive him, but anytime when we realize that things have become disordered again.”
Thanks be to God, we are not in the battle alone. Paul framed our fight against sin as a minute-by-minute partnership with God in which “by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body.” With his help, we can be ruthless!
Fear, anger, impatience, pettiness, and laziness are noxious weeds that get in the way of good growth. Disordered attachments, the desires, hopes, or expectations that become too important to us, actively compete with God and his pattern for our marriages, our ministries, and our lives.
Let’s commit ourselves together to a ruthless weeding out of anything that gets in the way of our commitment to Christ. He is the Author and Perfecter of faith. He will faithfully “bring order out of the chaos” at your invitation.
Holding you in the light,
Jesus alone can bring order out of the chaos of our sinful lives. And we must repeat our humble invitation to him… anytime when we realize that things have become disordered again.” #ElisabethElliotTweet
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