And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables saying, “Behold, a sower went out to sow, And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth, and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Today I want to talk about weeds. In the Bible verses that I read, verse nine was about thorns springing up and choking out the good seeds. I can relate. The horse pasture has been overrun by buttercup. I’ve spent time on the tractor mowing to cut down the blanket of yellow. Those buttercups may look good for pictures, but they aren’t good for horses, cows, pigs or goats. They are toxic containing a bitter tasting oil that causes blistering to the lips and irritation to the digestive system. There are other bad symptoms I’d rather not go into. Animals won’t eat Buttercup if they have plenty good grasses to choose from, but sometimes they accidentally consume the plant. Wouldn’t it be best to get the weed out? How? A landscaper friend said that weeds don’t like nitrogen, a fertilizer to help the soil be less acidic. Regular mowing also helps to control the plant and rotating pastures helps. Don’t let the animals overgraze and wear out the pasture. Give good plants a chance to grow.
There is a lot of work to do to make a pasture healthy for animals. When the weeds are regularly cut, and the grass is growing well, the grass itself will help keep the weed seeds from growing because the weeds won’t have the sunlight it needs. The grass will shade the ground slowing down seed germination. If the weed seeds do sprout they won’t have the sunlight they need for hardy growth.
I got to thinking of our spiritual lives as I drove that tractor round and round that field. What does our spiritual life need to be good? Like having a good productive pasture, we have to put in the good into our lives, and take away the bad.
Start a Spiritual mowing regimen. Go through those movies/cds/mp3 play lists/books and magazines. Get rid of the junk! Stop watching the junk! It’s like the buttercup weed. It may be fun and beautiful to you, but it’s toxic! Start adding the good stuff.
So…what is the good stuff? I think of my childhood years and going to Sunday school and learning about the Bible stories. I was taught that it was important to read my bible and learning about the good news that Jesus has a most excellent way for my life. I was taught that prayer is powerful….for pulling down of strong holds. Regular Church attendance was important too - to worship with other believers.
In listening to many children through the years, I’ve found a sad commentary. Many of them don’t go to church at all. How do they grow? What are they being fed? Dear readers. Be a good example to those around you. Know that good is not just taught, it is caught. Whether you are young or old, if you are reading right now, you can choose to be that good example. Read your bible. Take time to pray.
The best image that I have of my younger years is seeing my mom and dad kneeling beside their bed praying. They were mowing down the weeds! As it says in Matthew 13:9, what Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”