Friday, November 25, 2011

#92 Weeding

Decorating one's home has always given people more appreciation for where they live. Once pictures are hung on the walls and all the trinkets unique to our life are placed around the home we feel more welcomed and our homes feel more livable.

Trends in home decoration change as time goes by and a recent trend is to have vinyl lettering or images on the walls. Lettering that expresses more of who we are and what we hold dear. You can buy pre-made vinyl designs or you can create them yourself using cutting machines. I bought one of those vinyl cutting machines for my wife some years back and we never really used it that much until we understood the potential of it.

The vinyl of various colors is placed onto cutting mats and then inserted into the machine. You then program the machine to cut out the lettering or design you want, press start and the machine does the cutting. After the cutting is completed the task of weeding comes. Yes, just like weeding in your garden means taking away the unwanted growth, weeding with vinyl means taking away the vinyl that is not part of the design. You have to carefully peel up the weedy vinyl and pull it away from the part you want to keep. Once the overall weeding is done you have to pull up the inside of circles and smaller areas that become unattached during cutting. Once all the weeds are pulled and plucked away you are left with a beautiful phrase or design that you can then apply to your walls making home sweet home a little sweeter.

Before you ask, no, this posting is not a commercial for vinyl design tools. But as my wife and I have been placing some phrases on our walls and performing the weeding to do so it made me think about the process of sanctification. Sanctification is the process of becoming holy as the Holy Spirit helps us overcome sin in our lives.

As soon as we accept Christ and ask Him to take away our sins we are justified or made right with God the Father because our sin debt against Him is cancelled or blotted out by the blood of Christ. Then we move into the process of becoming more Christ-like each day or becoming sanctified.

But in order for sanctification to occur there must be weeding that takes place in our lives. As we pray and study the Word of God we begin to become aware of the things in our life that need to go. Sometimes we can do it on our own but other times we can't no matter how hard we try. Some physical and mental addictions run deeper than our will power and we need divine intervention to overcome. In other words, we need Jesus to weed the sin from our lives. We need Christ to pull away the parts that keep us from reflecting His character every day. Just like weeding vinyl where the design appears as the discard vinyl is taken away, we begin to look, speak, and act more like Jesus as sin is weeded out.

It is my prayer that as we consider how Jesus wants us to live that we will have the desire to let Him make us weed free. I pray that we will not fight Him in this because He only takes away that which prevents us from being prepared to live in heaven with Him. Don't you want to live with Christ forever? Don't you want to be prepared for heaven? Why not choose today to let Him take away all the weeds that you too can become a beautiful reflection of Jesus in this dark world of sin.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the blessings that come from being Your children. Thank You for being willing to sanctify us and to allow us the time to mature spiritually. Please forgive us for resisting the weeding process and please teach us to trust You more each day. We pray in Jesus's name, Amen.

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