In the 13th chapter of Matthew Christ gives the parable of the wheat and the weeds. “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.”
“Master did you sow good seed in your field?” his servants asked. “An enemy has done this,” the Master replied. “Should we gather the weeds?” the servants questioned. “No, in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both grow until harvest, the reapers will collect the weeds and burn them, the wheat will be stored in my barn.”
The Master of the house in this parable is God, the seed sown is the word of God and the servants are us – his disciples. The enemy if the devil who sows weeds in this parable and lies in our lives. Under the cover of nightfall, when we aren’t watching, when we are at our most vulnerable is when Satan preys upon us. Sowing the seeds of hate, discontent, anger jealousy, envy and greed.
He is the great sower of lies. You’re not good enough, you don’t measure up and you won’t gain approval from those from whom you seek it the most. Those are just a few examples, there are thousands more. The grain in this parable has to compete with the weeds in order to survive.
Our spiritual’s lives and Christ’s church are the same. Competing with vacations, ball games, camping, fishing, enjoying the summer weather and on and on.
The weeds, those things that don’t bear fruit, will be gathered up and thrown into the fire. The good seed, that which produces a harvest of 30, 60 or a hundredfold will be stored up in the treasure of heaven.
Pastor Shawn – Seymour UMC
Author of Incomplete