It Is Better to Grow Grass

Having had the experience of starting two lawns from scratch I know it is better to grow grass than it is to pull weeds. There is no special formula for having a good lawn, simply grow grass!

Good grass keeps out weeds. The better the grass the fewer the weeds. Many people spend a great deal of time pulling or spraying weeds in their lawn, when it would be more beneficial to spend their time growing good grass. When the grass is fed and cut properly weeds will have a difficult time gaining entrance.

This is of course true in the spiritual life of the believer as well. A believer who spends time growing will have fewer unwanted spiritual weeds to remove. Christians who feed on this world’s entertainment are simply sowing weeds in their spiritual lawn which will cause them to spend more time in spiritual weeding, which if they fail to do will result in a poor spiritual condition and testimony.

Many today sense no danger in this world’s theaters and ungodly TV shows and the things presented in them. Little do many realize that the seeds that generate those pesty weeds are often extremely small, and once they get rooted they can be very difficult to remove. The apostle Paul encouraged the saints in Philippi to go in for those things which are "excellent." (Phil. 1:10) It is not simply the question of "What’s wrong with this?", but rather "Is it the best?".

A good lawn does require some expenditure for proper food. However the cost, both in time and in money, to remove unwanted weeds will no doubt be greater, unless, of course, one simply does not care how his lawn looks.

For a Christian to grow also requires some expenditure for proper feeding. Time in the Scriptures and with the Lord’s people, and the purchase and reading of sound teaching material are a few examples. Time and money spent in these areas will spare us the awful cost associated with a weed infested life.

Are we putting our effort into growing spiritually, or do we spent much of our time constantly removing unwanted weeds in our spiritual lives? Perhaps we have reached the point where we are satisfied with a weed infested life. If this be the case it may require the Lord to take radical action to rectify the situation. This will be the mostly costly solution, but one which does not have to take place if we will begin to take the time to grow spiritually.