Ecclesiastes 3: Plant and Pluck

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"... a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted." Ecclesiastes 3:2b KJV
Have you ever had a garden? There's a certain time of year where you're suppose to plant and a certain time of year where you're suppose to harvest. When you plant the seed, it doesn't grow into a bigger seed; it grows into a whole new plant.

When you plant a pumpkin seed, you expect to get a pumpkin. When you plant a corn kernel, you expect to get an ear of corn. When you plant a daisy seed, you expect to get a daisy.

But most of the time, gardens aren't easy. They take work to plant the seeds, water them, and weed.

Weeds. We don't intentionally plant them, but somehow they still seem to grow and choke out the other plants if we don't pluck them out.

This is a great analogy for our lives.

The Bible says:
"For he that soweth of his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:8 KJV
There is a time where we need to sow good habits into our lives. Daily Bible reading, prayer, and church attendance are good places to start. The more good things we can plant in our lives, the less time we have to do the bad things.

There is also a time to pluck. In the past, we've all planted things that shouldn't be in our lives. Whether it's a sin or something that simply takes away from time we should be having with the Lord or family and friends, we've got to get rid of it. And we do that by plucking it out and by planting new things.

In our garden analogy, weeds don't really seem like that big of a deal. At first they don't really affect the good plants growing around them. But they do.

That's how it is in our lives. We may see our little "weeds" as not causing harm to the rest of our life, but they do. Those small weeds turn into something that is much bigger and can affect every single aspect of our lives. So pluck them out now when they are small instead of trying to face them when they have a stronghold in your life.

It takes work to live the way the Lord would have us to live, but thankfully God is ultimately the One Who gives us the strength to overcome every stronghold and pull those "weeds" out of our lives.

We all need help cleaning up our "garden", but few are willing to. Wouldn't you rather have a beautiful garden instead of one overgrown with weeds though?

We may be able to hide our "weeds" from people, but remember, God sees everything!

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7 KJV

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