The Price We Pay

September 15, 2001
by Anne Russell

Matthew 13:40 – As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. (NIV)

I received a piece of mail from someone who was just back from a vacation of three weeks. In the note, the individual mentioned the many weeds that had grown in their garden while they were away. There had not been any rain, and the vegetables looked terrible in comparison with the weeds that had flourished.

My thought was that just as a garden suffers from neglect in our absence, we pay a price for the time spent away from reading the Bible, prayer and daily devotion to God. When we leave these things out, Satan moves in. Once we discover the mess he has left for us, strange though it may seem, the good in our lives has been hindered by our neglect.

We must work harder to rid ourselves of sin that continually flourishes when we neglect the devotion we should have for God. The good things become enmeshed with Satan's powerful and growing demands on our lives. It takes more vigilance on our part to clean up the weeds in our garden — our lives — that have almost overcome the good.

Matthew 13:41 – 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. (NIV)

Prayer: Thank you, Lord; You have so much to offer us through Your word. Let us not neglect the good that You give freely, for a taste of the bad offered by Satan. Keep us focused and working for the day when we will reap Your rewards in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Anne Russell <anbrussell@rogers.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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