“And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ And the slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them.” (Matthew 13:28-29 NASB)
This morning I am pondering the Fathers heart. He is so long suffering, so patient.
He has a plan for “all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,” (from vs 41) and it’s not pretty. But there are a couple things going on here.
As we said yesterday, their fate is not sealed, they may turn from darkness to light as they rub shoulders with the ‘children of the kingdom.’
But my main observation this morning is that our Father will not allow harm to come to His children. There is no chance that a child of the kingdom will get swept away with the wicked.
In the harvest, the wicked are bundled and burned, but the children of the light, those who know Jesus, or more importantly, are known by Him, need not fear the end.
If you are the planting of the Lord, if you have taken the Word of the Lord planted in your life and run with it, you have nothing to fear in the judgment.
If you do find yourself fearful of facing God in the judgment, it may be that you need to face Him now. If the still small voice inside you makes you want to hide from God, you may not know Him.
Today, you can know the Lord. Call out to Him today.
The path out of darkness into the wonderful security of His marvelous light is no secret today.
Call upon the name of Jesus. He died to pay for your sins, and all you must do to receive that “paid in full” stamp on your life is ask. Acknowledge ownership of your sin, and then sign it (your life) over to Him.
Something like this – you should put it in your own words and speak it out loud to Him:
Jesus, I know that I have not lived my life for you. I know I have done things that offend you. I confess my sins to you now. (at this point it is best if you specifically tell Him every sin He brings to your mind) I want to be your child and follow you. Will you accept me as your child today?
There are a thousand ways you could say all that, but the important thing is to ask Him to take leadership in your life.
You will find that fear goes as you grow in relationship with Him. As you know Him more, you will trust Him more, and see how secure you are as a child in His kingdom.
He is such a wonderful Father.
If you, for the first time today, prayed and asked Jesus to be your Master, tell somebody who you know is a fellow follower of Christ. Get yourself plugged into a church. I would love to know too.
Come back soon.