Friday, April 2, 2010

Weeds in the Wheat Field

Jesus told them another parable:

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

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?'

'An enemy did this,' he replied.

The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'

'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 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.'

~Matthew 13:24-30


I read this parable a few days ago and saw myself it in, relating to a situation Jeff and I experienced. Basically, we were the servants in the parable, offering assistance to God.

“Hey, Abba, we think we noticed some weeds. Do You want us to go and pull them up?”

But God’s answer to us was clear. “No. I’ll handle it.”

Does this mean we should never bring people to justice?

No.

But in Our Daily Bread, yesterday’s article by Herb Vander Lugt, explained our specific situation thus: “Saying nothing may allow wrongdoers to go unchallenged in their evil ways. But if God’s Spirit leads us to remain silent, or if we want merely to try to salvage our wounded pride, then we should hold our tongue.” (Vander Lugt gives the other side of the argument as well, and you can read about it here.)

My friend, Tricia, said recently, quoting a visiting missionary, “Three things are going to happen when you get to heaven: 1) You’ll be surprised to see who’s there. 2) You’ll be surprised to see who’s not there. 3) You’ll be surprised that you’re there.”

Christians have a tendency to focus on the weeds in the wheat field that makes up the body of Christ. Actual weeds, and wheat that Christendom has decided are weeds. But this is not our calling. We are commanded to abide in Christ. To make sure that we ourselves are not weeds and not behaving like weeds. To dwell before God’s throne, focusing our hearts and minds on Him. To deliberately, purposefully, intently…

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the [we-think-they-might-be-weeds] of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

~Helen H. Lemmel