Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Weed Or Grass?

What did you think when you read the title of this article? Were you thinking this was about marijuana, come on, were you? Or did you think it was about identifying a particular stray weed growing in your beautifully manicured St. Augustine grass lawn? Well, it's about the picture above.
It's a strange picture for a blog post. I took it when I was leaving a nursing home the other day. Here was this pretty, well-placed clump of Aztec grass, and right in the middle was a very healthy growth of Johnson grass. The Aztec grass is intentional. The Johnson grass is a weed. Someone needs to help their yardman recognize the difference, because he had clearly weeded around every clump and had clearly left the Johnson grass in place.
I'm sure the gardener felt great about the beautiful frond of Johnson grass that looks so much like the Aztec grass, but he is wrong. He cultivated the wrong thing, based on his best opinion, and if he doesn't pull it out it will take over and drive out the Aztec grass. Then he will have nothing but weed.
There's a lesson here. If you don't know what's good and what's bad, you may mistakenly cultivate what's bad right alongside what's good. Your life can be filled with good things and weeds if you don't recognize and pull out the weeds. And, the only way to know the difference is to consult with someone who knows the difference. And, the only one who knows the difference and can tell you authoritatively is God. And, He has done so already in His Word, the Bible. Paul spelled out the danger of a life lived by any opinion other than God's, "For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened." Romans 1:21
Live according to what you think, what the world thinks, even what good, well-intentioned 'Christian' friends think, and you could well be growing Johnson grass. While some of our decisions make sense to us, a life and a mind that is not informed by the Word of God will eventually become nonsense and darkened.
What you read, watch, think, say, post, and do . . . is it weed or grass? The only way to know is to know the Word of God. Doesn't matter how good it looks or feels today. In the end, only that which is of God will remain.