The Parable of the Weeds Explained
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. Matthew 13:36-39a
I am pleased with my lawn. It is not immaculate by any stretch of the imagination, but it is nice. I fertilize it and eliminate the weeds throughout the season. Today while pulling some weeds, I was thinking about how maintaining my lawn relates to the parable of the weeds that Jesus told. In this correlation, weeds in our lawn represent sin in our life.
I try to keep the weeds in my lawn to a minimum. It is impossible to completely eliminate them, especially when all the surrounding yards are filled with weeds. So it is in our lives. It is impossible to eliminate the sin in our life when we live in human flesh in a fallen, sin-filled world. If the neighboring yards did not have many weeds, it would be much easier to keep my yard weed-free. So it is in our relationships. If we spend much time around people that disregard God, unhealthy thought patterns, compromises, and willful sins will creep into our lives, but if we spend time in God’s Word and around other mature Christians, it is easier to minimize willful sin.
If you let weeds run amuck, they can completely take over your lawn, making it an overwhelming task to get rid of them. So, I kill or at least take note of weeds I see as I go about daily life. In addition, I occasionally walk around my yard specifically looking for weeds, and then pull them up or spray them with weed killer. This parallels the sin in our life. If we ignore a small sin in our life, it can root and propagate. Before you know it, you are living in habitual sin. But if we regularly repent of known sin to God as he makes it clear to us, it is much easier to stay on his path. Also, we should occasionally retreat to spend dedicated time with God to review our life and let him reveal to us any disobedience we might be walking right past in our busy lives.
Over the years of removing weeds from my lawn, I have learned a few things. One lesson is that some weeds die easily and others just will not give up. One type of weed I get in my lawn is like that. Weed killer does not seem to phase it. The only way to remove it is to pull it up by the root. When doing so, you must be careful because they tend to break off, and if the root is intact, the weed will quickly grow back.
Some sin in our lives does not die easily. Sometimes we have to grab it by the roots and pull it out. Sometimes God does it for us by removing the sin or idol from our lives, which can be painful for us. Just saying we will stop a certain behavior does not always work. If the roots, or the basic desires we had for that sin, are still there, we will likely fall back into it.
To grab sin by the roots and remove it, we must confess it to God, view it as he does, and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to cleanse us. The best way to do this is to find Scripture that speaks to that sin. Meditate on that Scripture and memorize it. Each time we are tempted by that sin, recite that verse. Through this process, God will transform our minds and rid that sin from our lives. And the way we fertilize our spiritual lawn is by seeking God daily and spending time with him in the Word, worship, and prayer.
So, how is your spiritual lawn?