Howdy, David here.
Last week Rob wrote and unpacked the following 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 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 uproot 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.’
It’s a tough parable with a simple point. In this age good and evil are growing together. The kingdom of God is growing in numbers, in strength and in influence. The realm of evil is also growing but its attempts to choke the growth of the kingdom will ultimately fail. It’s an uncomfortable thought to think that evil is growing all around us, and yet the evidence is clear. We have a choice though. We can despair about the weeds or rejoice in the continued growth of the good seed. What Jesus has planted is still growing and will reap a harvest.
Like most of Jesus’ stories, they call you and me to action. Jesus and his parables were and are never passive, they are full of action and require a response. Some questions for you to consider:
- How do we discern good and evil when they seem to grow together?
- Do we wait until the ‘harvest’ or should we start pulling weeds now?
- What seeds (good) are you planting today?
- What have you done to make the seeds grow – have you checked them lately?
- What does your garden represent – your life, your works, your duty or your service?
- What will do with the weeds?
May you this week reflect on what is in the garden of your life. May you celebrate the growth and not beat yourself about the weeds. May you remember that you only have to do what you can find. While life may be busy with planting and weeding, you can spend unlimited time with the Gardener.