When early settlers were allocated land, they had to clear it before it could be farmed. Trees and scrub were removed so the land could become productive and yield successful crops.
As unbelievers and immature Christians, we plant many wild seeds such as: pride, jealousy, anger, lust or guilt. These sins (undesirable thoughts and actions) take root and can grow into a forest (a way of life). As Christians, we have a new spiritual life Ė a life that promises peace of mind, joy and contentment (John 15:11). Before this life can yield a successful crop, we must cut down the trees planted in the old life. Some of our sins are small and easily uprooted, while others will have taken root deeply in our lives. These sins will be obstacles as we start ploughing our fields with Godís plan. A deeply rooted sinful-life can be immensely difficult to remove, but we must start clearing or we wonít produce a harvest that glorifies God and lasts into eternity. God has given us the tools: the Bible, the Holy Spirit and various teachers of Godís Word. We may have the tools, but it is up to us to start chopping and clearing. This will take time, so we must be determined to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Change in our life can be frustratingly slow, yet if we persevere, weíll be so pleased with the final harvest Ė and so will those around us. When a manís ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7