One Sunday in June, we pulled into the driveway after church. My little sister Grace pointed excitedly out the window, “Look at all those pretty yellow flowers on the grass. Aren’t they just so pretty?” Those yellow flowers were actually dandelions (aka, weeds).
Later, I got to thinking about dandelions. Grace kind of had a point. Dandelion yellow is a pretty color, and set against green grass, with the trees and the blue sky and white clouds…the yellow ‘flowers’ that speckled the yard actually did look pretty.
But that didn’t change the fact that dandelions are weeds, and therefore are not so pretty as they might first seem–especially when there’s a lot of them.
Sin is similar in that it looks pretty or good or fun to us. Temptation preys upon our desire to have a good time or have pretty/nice things. We see sin in our lives that is destructive (like dandelions choking a lawn) but we don’t do anything about it because the sin is too pleasing to get rid of.
And yet, what happens to dandelions? They eventually go to seed. Then the wind blows all those little seeds across the lawn, where they land and eventually take root. Before you know it, even more dandelions will be choking the lawn.
One tiny little seed can be the beginning of many dandelions, which will become more seeds which will become more dandelions!
In the same way, sin multiplies if not removed. Sin may start out as a “harmless” pass-time, TV show/movie, book/magazine, friendship or relationship, etc. But then it spreads to other areas of our lives, coloring our decision making, scarring our conscience, until we are constantly living in sin–sometimes unaware of just how far we’ve strayed.
Pull the weeds up by the roots, and the problem will be almost gone. There will usually be that one little dandelion nestled beside the porch steps, that appears every now and again. When that happens, you pluck it up by the roots immediately and then the problem is solved again.
When sin appears in our lives, pulling it up by the roots and throwing it out is the best way to get it gone. And then whenever sin reappears, plucking it immediately from our lives is always best.
With a clean, pure heart, we can serve God to the utmost. Don’t allow ‘little’ sins to hold you back from serving your Savior!