Here’s a lesson on getting entangled.
Earlier this spring/summer, we took down all our old fencing around the property. It was in really bad shape. Most of it was collected by a metal recycling company and taken away. But one small section was forgotten. This woven wire fencing section was rolled up, smashed and laid on the ground, and we forgot about it. Just the other day Anna noticed it and asked me to pick it up and get rid of it so that the goats wouldn’t get injured on it.
No problem, just a small section of fence, right? Wrong. Weeks and weeks worth of grass and weeds grew up in between all of that fencing, and now a simple job that should have taken 30 seconds took us over an hour. Lindsay (my daughter) and I had to pull, cut, tear, yank, etc. because the fencing was completely intertwined with the grass and weeds.
So, I felt a sermon illustration coming on…
I said, “This is what happens, Lindsay, in life. When you get so interwoven with the things of this world, pulling away from it is no simple task. What would have been a simple, ‘No,’ at the beginning is not so easy after you’re entangled.”
It was a simple but effective illustration of the parable of the Sower and how the seed (the Word of God) fell among the weeds/thorns and got entangled and choked which led to being unfruitful in God’s kingdom (Matthew 13).
Lindsay later followed up with another point. She said, like the fence, when you try to pull away after having been so entangled, you still have remnants of the world in you. All that torn grass and weeds were still woven throughout the fencing.
So, be warned about getting so interwoven with the world. It’s a bear to break away afterwards!
For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
(2 Peter 2:20)