“And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.” Mark 4:7
It doesn’t take any work at all to grow weeds. You don’t have to till, plant, fertilize or cultivate. Carelessness is all that’s needed. Before you know it thorns and briars are growing in abundance taking over the plot of ground that was intended for the precious food or flower.
The same is true when it comes to sinful habits and character traits. No vigilance is required. All you need to do is let down you’re guard and there you go; everything’s a mess, just the way it used to be. There is no struggle to develop a desire for or a taste for sin. When we find ourselves following after those things we’re following our own desires.
But grace must be nurtured and cultivated. “Grace can thrive only in the heart that is being constantly prepared for the precious seeds of truth.” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 50). The seeds of sin are, like those of the weeds, constantly in readiness for the opportunity to grow. And they wait in abundance ready for any opening carelessness might bring. The focus of anyone that chooses to follow Christ needs to be: how can I cooperate with what God is trying to do in my life? What do I need to do to nurture the precious seeds of godliness the Holy Spirit is planting in the soil of the character of my life?
Many times the seedlings of sin look to us just as valid, just as innocuous, just as beautiful as the seedlings of God’s grace. But we must not give opportunity for sin in our lives no matter how it may appear. We must not trust our own perceptions. God’s word draws the line that defines where righteousness ends and sinfulness begins. We must not give ourselves permission to open the door to allowing sin to grow in our lives if we’re to ever experience the fullness of sanctification in our lives.
It’s so easy to make excuses. It’s so natural for us to come up with reasons and rationalizations. But grace must be nurtured and protected if it’s to flourish. God has given so much for us to have this chance to have a life with him. He’s promised to give us strength and to help us in our need. Today, let’s receive of God’s grace once again and make no room for sin.