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Sitting Among the Weeds

I stepped outside. It was a nice day, warm with sunshine. After a very hot and humid summer, it felt good to sit outside and soak up some Vitamin D, and it was long overdue. I couldn’t remember the last time I had done it, but my patio told the story of quite a while. It was overtaken by weeds. The summer had flown by with busyness, sports, work, and many hard things, and now was the day before school for my younger son (my older son having graduated just a few months ago). There was one padded chair that was clear enough that I could take a seat without much inhibition. I propped my feet on the covered fire pit, which was set in the middle of the patio, I looked around. I was surrounded by weeds. Tall ones and little ones, all kinds in between. They had sprouted in every crack and crevice they could, and they had taken over a previously, cozy spot. I closed my eyes and leaned back in the chair. The heat of the sunshine warmed my skin, and I could see its brightness through my eyelids. It was just what I needed. I thought and felt, this is a lot like my life right now, sitting in the middle of weeds and God, in the midst of it, shines on me. Jesus lets me rest, right here in this place.

“Some day I will experience this in all of its fullness,” I think, but it will no longer be the sun, but the Son shining on me.

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.” Revelation 21:22-25


Have you read the Parable of the Sower? If not, you can read it here Matthew 13:18-23: http://biblehub.com/esv/matthew/13.htm. After my conversion, having come across this story of the sower and the seeds (although I had heard it many times before), I began to fear that one of these scenarios could be true for me. I would pray that I would have good roots and not fall away (vs. 20-21). I would pray that the word would not be choked out by the cares of this world, as happens among the thorns (vs. 22). I still pray that I will hear the word and understand it, and by doing so, bear much fruit (vs. 23).

I was afraid in my early days that I would lose what Christ, himself only, had accomplished. I like how John MacArthur says it here:

“If the Lord can’t hold on to me, what hope is there? If salvation isn’t God’s work, then I’m not going to get there. Do you understand that? If it’s not His work and He doesn’t hold me, and He doesn’t keep me, and He doesn’t preserve me, I won’t make it. If God doesn’t save me, I can’t save myself. If He doesn’t sanctify me, I can’t sanctify myself. And if He doesn’t glorify me, I can’t glorify myself. If He doesn’t keep me, I can’t keep myself. I’m not good enough to save myself and I’m certainly not good enough to keep myself. I will never be worthy of salvation. I wasn’t in the past, I’m not now.
Let me put it another way. If you could lose your salvation, you would. You understand that?”

You can listen to his sermon on this topic here: The Saint’s Guarantee.

We can see more evidence of this as we read on in Matthew 13, The Parable of the Weeds:

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matthew 13:24-30

We know from this passage that God has sown good seed. We, that belong to him, are that good seed. The enemy has come to sow weeds. These weeds are among the believers. God will let them both grow together until the harvest, and then he will burn the weeds. We don’t have control over these kind of weeds in our lives, but God can and will continue to grow us, even, among the weeds.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:2

 

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