DayBreaks for 7/16/14 – The Wheat and the Weeds
Matthew 13:24-30 (NLT) Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
Why is it that we are so judgmental, seemingly so eager to pass judgment and classify people one way or another? There is perhaps no group of people who are more prone to do this than Christians – and that is tragic. We seem to often be of the persuasion that it is our job to decipher who is “in” and who is “out”. We may think it is our duty to protect the rest of the world from evil, to point it out, to call a spade a spade. We seem to believe that we’ve been given special insight to discern what is wheat and what is a weed – to use the metaphor of the parable.
You know them: people who continually want to cull the field, who feel called upon to make decisions and proclamations about others on the basis of certain beliefs … behaviors … even baptism. A Christian who had a wife that was into tracing family geneaologies traced her family back over 500 years. In doing so, she learned she had a relative who was burned at the stake in Switzerland. Why? Because he had the wrong understanding of baptism, that’s why. They weeded him out. Then they burned him up.
I must say that I don’t always even know whether I am weed or wheat. Alexander Solzhenitsyn said: “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.”
Every human being….that includes my own heart. Who knows? Perhaps I am the weed in someone else’s garden – maybe yours.
If this parable teaches us anything it surely must include that it is not our job to sort the weeds and the wheat. Jesus will one day sort them out himself and his advice to us to not to try to do that job for him. Let them grow together, he said, until the harvest. Then, and only then will the only One who is qualified to separate the weeds and the wheat will do what only He can do.
PRAYER: Forgive us our judgmental spirits, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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