Sowing Good Seed
The Parable of the Weeds:
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[a] 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[b] 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.” Matthew 13:24-30
There is a strip of land between my neighbor and me. Every time it rains, water rushes down, bringing dirt, rocks, and debris into my driveway. The landlord threw out grass seed many times, but the seeds were washed away or eaten. One day on a whim, I threw out wildflower seeds and covered it with grass clippings. In just a few short days, the wildflowers began to grow and quickly filled the slope with lovely yellow, white and an occasional purple bloom. Grass also began to grow, and the area began to flourish. It was not long before weeds began to pop up between the flowers. As the weeds multiplied, the flowers decreased, and the lush area began to look a bit scrubby. I tried to do some weeding, but the roots of the weeds and wildflowers were intertwined. Pulling the weeds damaged some of the flowers. So, I left them to grow together.
In the Parable of the Weeds, (Matt 13:24-30), Jesus clearly tells us that weeds will invade our gardens as evil invaded the original garden. We must contend with evil in this world. God allows evil and good to co-exist and will until the end. This should be an encouragement to believers, and we must not lose heart when our efforts seem hopeless. We must deal with the reality of opposition and evil and recognize that it does not define the outcome.
In verse 30, “Let both grow together until the harvest”, may seem a bit counter productive however unlike God we cannot know another’s heart. Nor do we know where their lives and choices my take them-or their potential for redemption. God is merciful and patient. As on my little slope of wildflowers, removing the weeds now would destroy both. Separation will come at the harvest, in God’s timing.
Our job in the meantime, is to continue to sow good seed.
Typist for Jesus