The stories of Jesus are powerful, illustrative, and true. And one if the most impactful of them is our scripture reading for today. In the Bible in Matthew 13:24-29, Jesus tells the parable commonly known as, “The Wheat and the Tares.” This is the tale of a man whose enemy secretly came and sowed “weed seed” among the good seeds that he had just planted. As they sprouted and the field workers realized what had happened, there was only one thing to do…let the weeds grow up alongside the good seeds.
And when the time is right, harvest the wheat and burn the weeds. Jesus used the parable to illustrate the human heart. We sometimes cannot tell the authentic believers from the fake followers. But at harvest time the Lord, who knows every human heart, will know the difference. As you read today, ask yourself, “What group am I in – the fruitful, helpful group, or the useless, noxious crowd?” And then commit your life to Jesus. Because, at harvest time He will separate the wheat from the tares.
(Matthew 13:24-29) Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”