The Root Is The Issue

Trees are a great part of God’s creation. As they provide shade and oxygen, they remind us of God’s general grace, expressed to all people, through his good creation.

Sometimes trees grow where they’re not intended to grow. When trees shed their seeds and one happens to fall in a flowerbed next to a house, there is potential for that tree to do some real damage. It could grow up and damage a foundation, split walls, and choke out other plants, shrubs, and flowers.

When we moved into our house in Weatherford a couple years ago, my wife and I had a tree that planted itself at the front corner of our house in a flowerbed. For the last couple of years I would cut it down to size when it got too big.

About 3 weeks ago, with all the rain we’ve had, the tree had grown up and out again. I took some loppers to it and cut it back close to the ground. Within 2 weeks it was already 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Last weekend I decided “enough is enough.” 

I took a shovel and started digging. I knew this would not be like a weed you just pull out of the ground. However, I did not expect the struggle I found. Granted, it only took 15-20 minutes to dig it up, but it was still a trunk and a root system.

As I dug, I thought about sin in our lives. Sometimes we ignore it and let it grow up. When it gets too big to ignore, we cut it back. The roots remain and so the sin grows back. 

At some point we have to get a shovel, invest sweat, time, and energy, and do the tough work of extricating the root.  Sometimes the sin is a good thing from God that we’ve let grow in a place or in a way that it was not meant to grow. 

Whatever the case, whatever the issue, when we leave sin in our life to grow – when we ignore it and let it run its course – eventually it will threaten to split the outer walls of our lives or even crumble our life’s foundation.

What sin in your life requires removal? What good things have grown up and become idols? What have you ignored for far too long that you need to dig out? Will you confess it and flee your sin? Matthew 5:29-30 

James