PESKY DANDELIONS. I try to pull them out, but they keep coming back. The problem, I discover, is failing to remove the entire root from the ground.
The root of the dandelion, like most weeds, grows deep. Often times, we think we have pulled it out, only to find that the dandelion continues to grow back. We remove the weed at the surface, the area we can visually see, but not at the source. That part is hidden deep within, gestating in the dark, feeding off of the moist fertile ground in which it is buried.
Sin is like that. It can fester and thrive in the deep dark crevices of our souls. Every now and then, it comes to the surface and we eradicate it. Thinking that we have dealt with the nuisance, we move on with our life, until once again, the sin attempts to surface. If we don’t take care of the sin at its source, it will continue to grow back.
Try as we might, we ourselves cannot dig deep enough to rid our landscape of pesky sins. Like dandelions in our yards, it may take a professional application or two of weed killer to get rid of them for good. That is what Jesus did when He died on the cross for our sins. He became our weed killer. Jesus is the only one who can reach the source of our sins. He penetrates our souls to rid us of the sins that lie so deeply embedded.
A friend of mine recently decided she was not going to carry her sins of guilt and shame any longer. She had carried them for sixteen years. At a retreat, she learned she had no control over what happened sixteen years earlier. All this time, she carried the burden of something that was caused by disease within her body. God showed her He redeemed her when she gave her life to Him. Because she was redeemed, she could lay her guilt and shame at the cross. She no longer needed to carry the weight of her sins, but could give them to God and walk away a free woman.
On Sunday morning, as my friend went forward for communion, she pictured the sin she was carrying inside. She shared with me that it felt like it was rooted deep within her; intertwined and wrapped around her organs. She mentally saw herself physically pulling the sin from her body. Its roots were buried deep, and it was reluctant to come out. After pulling and pulling, she finally envisioned the mass laying in her hands. As she took the bread to dip it in the cup, she faced the cross and mentally laid the mass of sin she had pulled from her body at the foot of it. With tears in her eyes, she walked away free from the burden she had carried for so long.
God is gracious and good. He provided my friend the mental image she needed to visualize the root of sin she carried within her heart. His love penetrated deep into her soul and was potent enough to kill the root of sin. Where shame and guilt once gestated, freedom and love now sprang forth. Despite what Satan would have us believe, only God can bring new life.
Have you been set free? Are you carrying roots of sin deep within your heart that choke life from your soul? Maybe it’s time to call on our Savior to rid you of them forever.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV)Photo courtesy www.morguefiles.com & superkoala