Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
The parable of the wheat and tares…
There are a few things about this scripture stick out in particular:
-The tares were sown along with the wheat and this was noticed as they produced a crop
-The servants offered to gather up the tares – problem w/ that is some of the wheat would be taken up too
-The owner decides to let them grow together until harvest time…at harvest time, there would be a visible difference and the reapers could take care of the tares at that time
Jesus then goes on to explain that the field is the world. There are good seeds and bad seeds living together in the same world…side by side. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the two…a tare can look like wheat…a wheat might even appear to be a tare
There will be a day when the end of this world as we know it will come and the tares will pay the price for being tares…the wheat will be in the safety of the Father – There is a DIFFERENCE!
What does that mean for us? I take a couple of lessons from this parable that helps me
1 – We don’t always know who is wheat and who is a tare. Jesus instructed us as it is written in Matthew 7 that we are not to judge.
We should look at ourselves and our relationship with Jesus Christ…we are not called to judge others relationship
Since we are sinners in a fallen world, we often can have tare tendencies…but we are forgiven and cleansed
We don’t know who the Lord is working on to make a good crop of wheat…that is why we are to love all and to be what He has called us to be
2 – We are called to be faithful and obedient, regardless. Matthew 25:35-36. We could easily not give food to the poor, provide water for the thirsty, visit the sick and those in prison, provide shelter for the homeless, or clothing for those without…we could deny based on the fact that there are some who may take advantage.
How will we know if it was to the least of these??
Problem is that we don’t know…we are called to serve. We are called to be smart, but we can’t NOT serve for the risk that someone may not be appreciative or someone may do what we wouldn’t want them to…
We have to be willing to do as the Lord has called us and let Him take care of the rest…We do what we are called so that when we stand before the Lord on Judgment Day, we can know we did all we were asked…
3 – There will be a day where there is a separation (wheat and tares/sheep and goats)…You do what you are called to do and let the Lord do the rest
What are you going to do?