He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weedsbamong the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.
And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’
But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn. – Matthew 13:24-30
A few of years ago, after 35 years of life in the church, I began to want more than postured religion and ceremonial duty. I was hungry for deep, vibrant spiritual truth and life transformation.
But as my faith became more real, I felt more and more frustrated with church. As a result, I spent a season wrestling through what I call “church pain”.
I found myself frustrated most Sundays and spent much of my time and energy in judgement. In time, my immaturity and poorly communicated passion led me to a wilderness season.
During that wilderness season, Kevin began teaching me about the difference between “being wheat” and “focusing on the weeds”.
As I continued to spend more time alone with God, He began to deconstruct parts of my persona, reshape aspects of my theology and transform my fiery passion into a more peaceful existence.
In short, I learned that I had spent way too much time and energy focusing on the weeds when God had called me to simply be wheat.
The Parable of the Weeds
As a kid, I remember The Parable of the Weeds from Sunday school. Perhaps my recollection is bit off, but I remember the lesson being one that focused on fear.
Are you wheat? Or are you a weed? Are you a good boy, or are you a bad boy? Will you get burned up, or will you be gathered into the barn?
With that fear-based mindset, my faith become more about my behavior than the condition of my heart. But I think that perspective missed a powerful dynamic to this story.
The Parable of the Weeds reminds us of the temptation to live by sight and focus on the weeds around us. This includes both our relationships and our circumstances.
However, the deeper charge from Jesus is to remember who we are in Him – we are wheat.
Too often, we spend our energy and our time in criticism of those around us. Especially those who don’t “believe” what we believe. But Jesus warns us that when we pull weeds, we damage the good wheat that surrounds it.
We must recognize our tendency to hyper-focused on anything that doesn’t look or think like we do. Furthermore, we must not take it upon ourselves to be judge, jury and savior.
In reality, we’re doing more damage than good.
This is a challenge for us to let God be the God of the harvest.
We just need to be wheat.
Being wheat is about focusing on what God is doing, instead of what He isn’t doing.
Being wheat is about loving people instead of trying to convince them.
Being wheat is about tapping into who you are in Him and living that out in the world instead of bending to the opinions of others.
Being wheat is about being the good news in people’s lives instead of simply sharing the latest spiritual platitude.
Being wheat is about living as a son or daughter of God rather than as His servant.
Being wheat is about being patient to let God bear fruit instead of trying to produce it from your own efforts.
Being wheat is about living from a place of rest and peace instead of constantly striving for it.
Being wheat is about pointing one finger at your own sin and one finger at your Redeemer rather than pointing out the faults of others.
In essence, the world doesn’t need better behaved weed pullers. The world needs people who are courageous enough to simply be wheat and leave the rest up to God.
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