So we got busy weed-pulling. And every time I get to gardening and pulling weeds my mind quiets down and I get reminded that my heart is fertile ground for weeds of sin; envy, worry, disbelief, lack of trust, greed, you name it. As I’m pulling literal weeds I’m asking Jesus to “search my heart and pull out the weeds.” Yeah I know, that’s not “exactly” how the verse goes... it’s:
What was cool was the next step after pulling the weed: shaking off the dirt that was supporting the weed. This said a couple of things to me. My heart was available to the sin and then sustained it by having other good parts of my heart involved. Clearly, it’s time for the sin to be confessed and pulled out so that I can be again led “along the path of everlasting life.” The part of my heart that was sustaining the sin gets separated from the sin and left to rejoin the rest of my heart in its original purpose: to support life-giving, sustaining practices in the communities God’s given me. Learning how to be more like Jesus, and putting it into practice: doing life together in a small group, being involved in missional ways at church, serving one another inside and outside the church, discipling and encouraging others toward growth.
Holy Spirit, thank you for taking weed-pulling to the next level. Please point out the sin in my heart, take it out shake off the good parts of my heart that got wrapped up in the sin and restore my heart for the glory of God and His purposes.