weeds and wheat

Jesus tells the story of a man who plants a field of wheat.  But while everyone is sleeping an enemy comes along and plants weeds all throughout the wheat and then slips away in the night.  As the first green shoots begin to appear the two look the same.  But as the grain begins to form the workers soon realize the field is also inundated with weeds.

The farmer immediately recognizes what has occurred and that an enemy has planted the weeds right along side of his wheat.  The farmhands are quick to ask if they should pull the weeds out from among the wheat but the owner knows what damage it would cause.  “Let them both grow 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 13:30).

And Jesus says, “This is the Kingdom.”  “The Kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field….”

He explains the One who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man, and those who belong to Him belong to the Kingdom.  And the one who sowed the bad seed is the evil one.  “The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels” (Matthew 13:39).

But here’s my question: Where do we fit in to all of this?  If this is a portrait of the Kingdom – What’s our role?

To be wheat!

Do we uproot?  Do we tear down?  No!  How much damage would that cause?  How much damage has it already caused?  No, our calling is to be wheat, in a field that is full of both weeds and wheat.  To be wheat, and to show the field what wheat looks like.

And the amazing thing about the message of Christ is that the Gospel provides the way that a weed can become wheat.  A complete metamorphosis.  A change of state.  A change of being.

In reality (if I’m not taking this parable too far) when it comes to being a part of the Kingdom of God, the Gospel should confront us of our own weediness (it’s not a real word but I like it!).  The Gospel by design compels us to reckon our own weedy nature.  Without the Good News of Jesus it is impossible to become or to be wheat.

The Gospel is designed in such a way that the message itself should and must compel us, and convict us, and radically alter our worldview so much so that we seek to live like the wheat we are called to be, in a world that so desperately needs to see what wheat looks like.  The message of Jesus allows for the opportunity for weeds to become wheat!

Glory to God!

Jason

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