Today’s Scripture: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? RomansĀ 6:1-2

Weeds are plants that grow out of control and steal nutrients which would be used for other plant life. One of the problems with introducing new species into an ecosystem is that often they will disturb the ecological balance and take over the area. Several examples of plants that have taken over large areas of the US are the Dandelion and the Kudzu. Both are relatively contained in their natural habitats but have spread at alarming speeds in their new habitats.

Weeds don’t need to be cultivated. You don’t have to spend time nurturing weeds for them to grow. Instead, they pop up even in the most hostile of areas-pushing through cracks in cement and pavement. In a garden, the things we want to grow take hard work and care, but the weeds just always seem to come back.

Sin is like a weed. It won’t just grow where it is planted; it spreads far and wide, taking control and causing problems wherever it goes. A small sin won’t stay small, rather, it will grow until it devours us. Sin will take over unless we allow the Word of God to take root in our lives.

As we look around, sin abounds everywhere. I have never known a time when sin was as rampant as it is today. Sin usually doesn’t pop up fully grown-it starts small and begins overtaking us little by little. When we see a man of God fall, it is because there were other things that led up to that point. If we aren’t careful, we can allow ourselves to become a little dirtier and dirtier until we can’t believe how far we have fallen.

We need to take care of the little things in our lives before they take over. If weeds are not controlled, they will take control. Ask God to help you get rid of the weeds in your life today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder