What About These Weeds?
Do you ever wonder where weeds come from? It certainly seems like weeds are overrunning our world! In today's Kingdom parable (Matthew 13:24-30), when asked where the weeds come from, Jesus says the weeds come from the enemy; he goes on to say that the wheat and the weeds, like good and evil, must exist side by side. The spiritual truth taught in this parable makes it clear that recognizing good from evil is often impossible. The parable also teaches us that since we can't accurately discern the wheat from the weeds, we shouldn't be in a hurry to reach for our Weed Eaters or the Roundup!
Friends, Jesus makes it clear that the wheat must continue to grow alongside the weeds until the Son of Man returns to judge the harvest. We must remember; the church's mission is sowing seeds, not pulling weeds. We have a big enough challenge trying to keep sin and weeds out of our lives. It's easy to feel choked out and discouraged in today's weedy, sin-filled world. Today's parable reminds us that our Kingdom work is never done in vain; the weeds will face the Roundup when Jesus returns. So, until the harvest day arrives, stay focused on being faithful and fruitful in this world of weeds!
Onward and Upward