“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some seed fell alongside the path; … Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants … Now the seed sown among thorns stands for someone who hears the message, but it is choked by the worries of the world and the deceitful glamor of wealth, so that it produces nothing.” Matthew 13:3, 7, 22 CJB
A word or promise from the LORD is likened to a seed. When we receive a word or promise, it is a seed planted in our spirit. Naturally, for a seed to grow from its inception to its fulfillment, a process is required. When planting a garden, there are essential things done to ensure that seeds grow successfully into plants and not die along the way. In addition to preparing the soil, watering and fertilizing the seeds, eliminating weeds are one of the most crucial steps to successful growth and maturity.
“Weeds compete with other plants for water, nutrients and sunlight, thus reducing yields. They should be pulled out by hand and the soil must be cultivated frequently to keep them to a minimum”.
Once we get a word from the LORD, great care must be taken to ensure that that word comes to fruition in our lives. One of the most critical steps taken to ensure this is done is the frequent cultivation of our hearts to eliminate weeds – the worries of the world and the deceitful glamor of wealth. These things compete with the promises of God for our time and energy. We prepare our hearts, to rid our lives of these thorns and weeds, by thinking deeply on and speaking into our lives the word of God relating to these issues.
Weed #1: Worries of the World
This weed includes basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter; bills and any other thing we need in this world that we worry about. There will always be bills to pay, clothes to replace, fridge and pantry to restock and needs to meet. However, it is not the will of God for us to fret about these things (Check Matthew 6:25-34). Worrying cannot and will not change our situation.
We are instructed to first take care of God’s business and He will take care of us.
Let us also search out the scriptures for what the Bible teaches about worry and anxiety, and think about them as well as speak them into our lives until they are seen.
Weed #2: Deceitful Glamor of Wealth
This weed includes having the impression that money will solve all our problems – we will be accepted by others, we will have friends, we will have all that we need and be able to do all that we want to. Money is needed in this life. Money speaks, open doors and can make many things better for us. However,
our worth is not in what we have but in who we are. Our quality of life does not depend on the amount of money we have.
With wealth comes a greater level of responsibility and a whole set of problems of its own. Thus our trust should not be in our wealth but in our Father – the One who keeps us despite our economic state.
As we realign our lives, let us not be choked by worry, fear, anxiety and thoughts that money will fix our problems. Instead let us eliminate every weed and thorn, allowing the promises of God to grow, mature and come into fulfilment in our lives.
– Eliminating the weeds