But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. (Matthew 13:25 NASB)
I can tell you this. When I hear this verse quoted, I brace myself – how about you?
Many times I have heard the cry – The Church is Asleep and the enemy is… whatever.
But the point that Jesus is making is not that the farmer is a screw up and His field is a mess be cause He had the gall to fall asleep.
That can’t be the point because in the picture He, Jesus, the Son of Man, is the farmer.
Check it out in verse 37
And He answered and said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, (Matthew 13:37 NASB)
The part of the parable that is talking about you and I is detailed in the next verse:
and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; (Matthew 13:38 NASB)
You and I are in one of these two groups.
We are either the sons and daughters of the kingdom
we are the sons and daughters of the evil one.
And guess what. Every church you will ever be part of has both. That’s right, even in the Church the enemy has sown his servants.
The good news is that God is not going to pull them out by the roots, (not yet anyway) so if we can manage to be the Church and get about all that one anothering Paul is always talking about, some of those tares could turn into wheat!.
Today, I mainly want you to drop any fear of condemnation from this story, so we can read it afresh.
Have a great day.