By Deacon Greg
Matthew 13:24-30 (ESV)
24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Jesus spoke to the people plainly, but because they did not always catch on, he spoke often in parables. He strove to give them all something but focused his time on his disciples because he knew that his time was short. He also knew that his disciples would have to carry on after him. Parables are short stories that have a moral and will stick with you.
So look at this carefully. God is the Master. His servants are the angels. God does not want to mistakenly lose one faithful person by starting to weed the garden (Earth) too early. That means if Jesus is your Lord and Savior, that you will need to live with weeds possibly all around you. We may have to live with weeds all around us for our entire life because we don’t know when the End of Days starts. But this is an opportunity because if we let God work through us, a miracle can happen, a weed can be turned into wheat. It might take some nurturing. It might take some pruning. I would put money on it taking some amount of pruning. Especially if you think of the things that are cut off as sin, pride, greed, lust….
But this is also a warning to the people who are weeds. God is not going to be quick to remove you and you might make you think that you are safe. You are not. He understands the Devil is spreading a counterfeit truth. When the time comes, he will send his angels who will be able to discern the weeds from the wheat, but then it won’t be pruning it will be harvesting. The weeds will be bundled up and thrown into the fire, which is essentially Hell.
So join me, put your work gloves on and let’s head into the garden.