Hubby’s opening remark was, “I wish our grass would grow as heartily as the weeds in our yard! With no effort on our part, weeds grow overnight; but grass takes great effort to propagate.” Our spiritual growth can be compared to a healthy stand of lush, green grass; or, due to neglect, having the soil overtaken by weeds. Jesus called them ‘tares.’
What gardener doesn’t entertain shortcuts in having a plush lawn? Mow the lawn, spray some weed killer on the obvious, sit back in the lawn chair and enjoy. Such could be compared to the believer’s lazy stride. Trim the obvious, ‘spray on’ a prayer or two, sit back, and wait for Jesus’ return.
Hubby added, “From the upstairs window, I can really see the weed patches; however, from a distance, grass and weeds appear similar.” How true that is to our blind spots, the ones hidden from human, lower-level sight; yet all too revealed from God’s higher view.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.” … Jesus said, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” [Matthew 13:24-25, 30]