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Weeds and Sins
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This summer my grass-challenged back yard promises to teach me more than I ever wanted to learn about weeds and lawn care. I recently spent two whole afternoons squatting, stooping, and kneeling throughout my weed-infested lawn. Together with my handy little weed-prying tool, I filled an entire 39-gallon trash bag with the nasty, prickly, thick-rooted pests. My back and legs ached almost as much as my cramped and blistered hands. As I twisted and tugged at the stubborn weeds, I fumed about the former homeowners who obviously didn’t care, the weed sprays that didn’t work, and the lawn services that didn’t fit into our budget. Finally, tired of fuming (and tired in general), my mind wandered down through my family history.

Yes, I thought of my ancestors. After all, I’m certainly not the first person to struggle with weeds. My pitiful little lawn and all its weeds reminded me of sin and its consequences in our lives. Initially, you might not think those two topics share much in common, but weeds and sin actually go all the way back to the book of Genesis and our first ancestor Adam. 

In Genesis 3:17-19, God explains to Adam the consequences of his sin. “…Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 

Adam's Weighty Thoughts

Can you imagine the weighty thoughts that surely crossed Adam’s mind each time he weeded his garden?

Sin bears consequences. We all suffer the consequences of our own sins and the consequences of a sinful world, and eventually we all face the ultimate consequence—death. Thankfully the story doesn’t end here. According to Romans 6:23, there is hope. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we believe in Christ and accept this amazing gift, we receive eternal life rather than the wages we deserve.

I may never own a beautiful lawn on this earth, but every time I stoop to pull a weed I look forward to the perfectly manicured grass that’s sure to thrive around my heavenly mansion!

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