good seed

Good Seed

good seed

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.”
Matthew 13:24

Brian Hardin’s Daily Audio Bible interpretation of the teaching about the good seed this morning was so good. He pointed out some things I hadn’t really thought about before.

Here is the rest of the parable:

But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. The landowner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he told them.
“‘So, do you want us to go and pull them up?’ the servants asked him.
“‘No,’ he said. ‘When you pull up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but collect the wheat in my barn.’”

We Are Not the Weeders

We are often very quick to act as the weeders but that is the job of the angels. Many Christians are so keen to judge other denominations or individual church leaders for doctrinal errors that they refer to their sisters and brothers in Christ as ‘children of Satan.’ Even if they are right about others being wrong, that is not how we grow the Kingdom of Heaven.

Yesterday, I was listening to another New Age to Jesus testimony and I quite enjoyed it until the lady being interviewed claimed that the Catholic Church was Satan’s church. Having studied the doctrine and lived faith of many denominations, I believe there are both good seed and weeds in all of them. Who wins when we proclaim that other Christians are ‘of Satan’? The enemy, of course.

All we need to do is focus on propagating the Kingdom by abiding in Him. Then our love will start spilling over in ways that are completely irresistible.

This is how Jesus himself explains the parable of the one who sows good seed:

He replied: “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom all who cause sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Let anyone who has ears[g] listen.”

It’s also good to remember that when the disciples tried to get someone driving out demons in Jesus’ name to stop, Jesus said,  “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.”

Overall, I believe Jesus cuts all of us much more slack than Christians cut each other.

We have one job: Love everybody.

Lord, help us all be good seed and leave the harvest for the angels!

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