In the past 2 months, I have been dealing with a lot of weeds. In the Community Garden, some of us have been “reclaiming” the beds that have not been used for a year or two. In several cases, that involved digging down about 12 inches and getting down to the roots of the Bermuda Grass that had taken over the beds. Digging down that deep was a lot of work but we wanted to get rid of as much of the grass and weeds as possible to discourage more weeds from growing in them.
Both of these techniques of dealing with weeds reminded me of what we often do when it comes to dealing with our sins. When we sin, we try to do all kinds of things to hide them. Sometimes, we work really hard to get rid of certain ongoing sins, trying to root them out as best we can so that they appear to be completely gone. Sometimes, we sort of pull them up and confess them and quickly cover them up with the “mulch” of a bunch of other good things that we hope God will notice more than the sins. But the problem is, as with real weeds, we know the sins will still be there and they will come back. Even if we work hard at rooting them out or trying to make ourselves look good, they will still be there.
However, here is the beautiful part for us as Christians: no matter what we have done, we cannot escape from God’s grace. And God is merciful and will always forgive. My weeds will come back and so will my sins. It will be that way until I die or Jesus comes again. I can be sure of that. I can also be sure of God’s response. He may be saddened or angry. He may even discipline me because of my sins, but his love will never change. As Steve Brown likes to say: “There is nothing we can do that will ever make God stop loving us.” That in itself should motivate me to dig a little harder and deeper to get rid of those sinful weeds in my life.