Unless you love a freshly manicured yard or need the money, not many people get excited about doing yard work. Beside heat and humidity, keeping up with rampant weeds that overtake a garden can be demoralizing. You may spend an entire weekend pulling up every invasive plant only to see others re-emerge in it’s place a few days later. While using weed killer products like Roundup is an option, most of the modern products are so watered down that there isn’t enough chemicals inside to permanent remove these nuisances of the neighborhood.
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil, Matthew 13:41.
Jesus introduces an new concept of weeding during a private meeting with his disciples. Unable to figure out the meaning of the Parable of the Weeds, Jesus begins to reveal the symbolism of this story. According to the passage above, at the end of this age Jesus will command the angels to weed out all negative influences on earth. These forces are demonic, evil and unruly spirits who have led astray willing participants. Unfortunately, this process won’t begin until Jesus’ second coming, leaving vessels of the Devil that create chaos. This dark power eventually filled Stephen Paddock, taking the lives of 58 innocent victims.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work, 2 Timothy 2:21.
While individuals wait for the weeding to begin, many people like me have a lot to clean up. Time, weariness and unkempt souls have led everyone to do something dishonorable. Although these actions vary in degree, hearts should develop a sense of urgency to get right with God. Instead of judging others, perhaps a little soul searching may reveal areas of decay in desperate need of healing. Therefore, as evil continues to flourish, it’s time to commence your own spiritual weeding so that through the Holy Spirit you will become an honorable vessel ready to serve your Creator. Let the weeding begin.
by Jay Mankus