Read Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-52.Commentators believe that the weed that Jesus is talking about here is the darnel. When it is young, it looks very much like wheat. But as it grows, it distinguishes itself from the true plant. We all begin in the same pool with a sinful nature. Before the age of accountability, we can look pretty much the same -- innocent, yet capable of mischief. Then there comes a point that we start making choices about the way we will live. Those choices are mostly influenced for good or for ill by the people that raise us and our peers. But in most cases, there is still a choice made none-the-less.
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Then as adults we truly distinguish ourselves by things as big as our career or religious beliefs to how we dress and the words we use. The differences begin to come into focus like the slow turning of a camera's lens. Here is where the four distinctions of the sower come into play -- seed on the path, in the rocks, among the thorns, and in good soil. The question as believers is: How do we view these different groups? The answer: Like wheat and darnel weeds. It is not our job to start weeding the world. Those that may appear to be hopeless, deep-rooted, stubborn agricultural menaces, could change into sweet grain ready for harvest. Never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit and our Lord drawing them to Him. You see, that's where the plant analogy ends. In our physical world, weeds never change into healthy, useful plants. But in the spiritual realm with the transforming power of Jesus Christ, they can. Look at Paul, look at Matthew, look in a mirror. God can still perform miracles today - He hasn't changed.
Our responsibility is to continue to live among the weeds and not allow them to infiltrate our lives with spiritual disease while at the same time spreading seed to reach as many as possible. The judgment is coming, but it is not our job. We must remain diligent until the end. Even though it should never leave our thoughts, it's not time for the harvest. We're still busy with the planting.
- Do you struggle with a judgmental spirit so much so that you give up on the apparent "hopeless cases?" Ask the Lord to show you those people as He sees them and to fill you with hope and purpose.
- Saul is a prime example of the transforming power of God. Get to know Paul in Acts 8:1-3, Philippians 3:4-7, and 2 Corinthians 11:21-31. Then read his letters and hear his heart's cry for God's people.