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The Parable of the Sower…
The parable of the tares and the wheat raises the question: One or the other? Tare or wheat?
“Darnel is a ‘mimic weed,’ neither entirely tame nor quite wild. It looks and behaves so much like wheat that it can’t live without human assistance. Darnel seeds are stowaways: the plant’s survival strategy requires its seeds to be harvested along with wheat and similar domesticated grasses, then stored and replanted next season with the wheat.”
Some of those that I have labored with for the harvest fall into this category. And I never saw it with most of them, never suspected that they would fall by the wayside. Nor do I think that they did either. We appeared the same to each other – same beliefs, same goals. And now they have wandered from the Truth.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 – The Holy Spirit tells us “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
As I have followed my calling, I have learned this lesson: Even though we may have fellowship within the same congregation, may labor together out in God’s fields, it may be for different reasons and for different seasons. There are some out there, even amongst the Church, that have their own agenda. They appear to be Christian, but they are not. The enemy has them fooled as much as he does those around them. He uses them to sow discord, to lead others astray, to be false witnesses of what it is to truly live a repentant life. When the time of the Harvest comes, the weeds are going to be gathered to be burnt…
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7:21-23
These are the weeds, the tares amongst the wheat.
But Jesus also said “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27
The Church is in the world. But the world is also around, and mixed with, the Church.
Why? In verse 30 Jesus said “Let them both grow together.” The Greek word, translated as ‘let’ or ‘allow’ here is conjugated from the verb meaning ‘to forgive.’ So we are not just to allow or tolerate or grant permission for these weeds to grow. No, we are to forgive them the evil that they wreak even as they grow there.
We are called to be a church to the communities that we live, work, and play in.
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. – James 5:19-20
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32
We are to forgive as we have been forgiven! (?) We were accepted, reconciled, redeemed, made right!
In 2 Timothy 2 :8-13, the holy Spirit tells us thru Paul, “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! (The Word or Gospel of the Kingdom)Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
Persevere, endure, don’t give up – grow strong in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, send your roots down deep in the Kingdom! Grow where you have been planted! Attend a class, read your bible, pray, forgive as you have been forgiven! Live a life of repentance! And then go and be the Church out there!
Be involved in what the church is doing out in God’s fields. God’s word is not bound or hindered if we walk in obedience!
- Weed/tare or wheat; are you more of the World or the Kingdom? Not sure? Look to where you invest your time and talents. What takes priority in your life?
- How involved are you with your congregation of God’s Church in learning, growing, and reaching?