Fast forward to August 1st and what do we find? Weeds. What happened to the bountiful harvest? It was choked out by weeds. No lettuce, no beans, no tomatoes, no sweet corn…just useless, noxious weeds.
In Matthew 13:1-8 Jesus tells a similar story, but not about the garden in our backyards, but about the garden in our hearts.
“A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”
The seeds that are sown represent the Word of God (Matthew 13:19). The thorns represent the cares of the world. (Matthew 13:22). The grain produced is the fruit of a healthy Christian walk (Matthew 13:23).
As I look out upon the landscape of “Christians” in this world, what I see more than anything in their gardens are weeds (thorns). So called Christians are immersing themselves with the cares of this world: their business, their homes, their entertainment, their education, their kids, their stuff, their image, etc. These worldly treasures become their idols and undermine their walk with Christ. They spend 40 hours a week at work, but can’t devote more than an hour a week to Church. They check Facebook thirty times a day, but rarely pray. They take vacations to exotic locations but have never taken a short term mission trip. They catch every episode of the Voice, but never open their Bible and listen to the voice of God.
The cares of the world choke out their spiritual life. And when God looks down on the garden of their lives, what does he find? Thorns. Thorns are a representation of the curse in Genesis 3. What does God want to find? Fruit.
Jesus tells us in John 15:8 that “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”
Therefore, if you claim to be a disciple of Christ, prove it. Be in the world and not of the world. Cry out to God to make your heart good soil and remove the thorns that are choking out His Voice.