WEEDS OR WHEAT?
Why do we want so desperately to fit in with the crowd, but yet, at times we want there to be a clear distinction between us and those around us? I am convinced the key to all of this is found in our desire to be comforted, and so we choose whatever is to our benefit at the time. The problem we face is that we bring these ideas of cooperation and compliance from the world into our discerning of the kingdom.
Concerning the kingdom, Jesus promises us that salvation is not corporate, nor is judgment based on an association free from individual distinction. In other words, as individuals we choose what role the kingdom will play in our lives. Will we have ears to hear the call of Christ for our lives, or will we have ears that give attention to message of materialism from the world around us? We sometimes want to be associated with the message of the kingdom, especially when it pertains to salvation, but when it comes to discipleship we refuse to hear its claim on our individual lives. Instead, we want our association with those in the kingdom to bring us blessing.
Jesus teaches about the kingdom using the parable of the weeds: A man sowed good wheat seed in his field, but while everyone was sleeping an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. So, the weeds and wheat grew up together (Matt 13:24–26). The man told his servants to leave the weeds growing with the wheat until the final harvest, lest the wheat be pulled up along with the weeds. Then, at the harvest, the weeds may be pulled up and burned in the fire, so the wheat could be gathered into his barn (Matt 13:27–30). Some of us are pulled more than others by the desire to fit in with crowd. Our desire to fit in is not always bad; sometimes it helps us to want to be associated with worthy efforts and nice people.
Jesus later explains the parable of the weeds to disciples: The Son of Man is the one who sowed good seed. The field is the world. The good seed is the sons of the kingdom, while the weeds are the sons of the evil one. Just as the weeds are pulled at the harvest, so will the angels pull out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. Those who do evil are burned in fire, and those found righteous shine brightly in the Father’s kingdom. He who has ears, let him hear (Matt 13:37–43).
Our relationship to Jesus and so our designation in the kingdom is based on our individual decision to follow Him. We choose to hear His call for the kingdom in our lives or to listen to the call of the world on our lives. Judgment comes in the end for all of us. Will you be wheat or weeds? The choice is yours.
Verses for Treasures in the Extra Mile:
His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear (Matt 13:36–43).