Richard and his guys are gaining control of the landscape on the property. Trees and hedges are getting cut that has been left unkempt for years. It is exciting to see the beautiful things becoming exposed. There is a multi-car garage his dad built, a pond, and many other features you wouldn’t have a full view of if they hadn’t diligently worked to clean it up. However, while exposing the good things, it also reveals some ugly stuff like a giant box truck, car chassis, motors, auto parts, and so on, that were left outside to rot. It will take some time, but eventually, it will get cleaned up.
Does this scenario remind you of anything? Everything gets exposed when you accept Jesus, and he takes over your life! When he begins clearing the trees in your mind, your good characteristics start to show, but you can also see that old junky car sitting in the yard with grass growing around it. It’s ugly! And he wants you to get rid of it! Do away with the trash piled in your mind, so Jesus’s characteristics come to the forefront. Set your mind on the things above and haul away the unnecessary debris.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:8-10