The Weeds and the Wheat

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, April 22, 2019

The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “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.’” Matthew 13:27-30

Today is Easter Monday. In the Christian Eastern Orthodox Church and Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches, this day is called “Bright Monday” or “Renewal Monday.” In Portugal, for example, Easter Monday is celebrated with outdoor processions. In Germany, people go out into the fields in the morning and hold Easter egg races. In Austria, they celebrate “Emmausgang,” which is the walk of the disciples to Emmaus, on Easter Monday.

The significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection can never be overstated or celebrated. Jesus changed the world and revolutionized the way humans think about the world, God and the meaning of life. Everything Jesus did and said has universal implication and application. When I read the Bible, I pay particular attention to the things he said to discern spiritual truths and wisdom they contain.

In today’s text, Jesus is preaching and teaching to a large crowd by a lake. He told the crowd the Parable of the Weeds. Jesus began the parable by saying that “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” (v. 24-25). Evidently, the weeds grew as the wheat was growing. The owner’s servant wanted to pull the weeds up. But the owner said no, because while pulling the weeds, the servant may uproot the wheat with them. Instead, he told the servant to let them grow together until the harvest.

Many people get frustrated with the Church of Jesus Christ because of the dysfunction that it contains, at times. The fact remains that there are many weeds in every local church. The weeds in the parable represent people who are hindering the spiritual, emotional and personal growth and development of others. These are people that do not add value to an organization.

Some people joined churches for all the wrong reasons and are causing strife and division in the midst. And as much as we want to rid the church of all individuals who are not bearing fruits, it is not our job to do so. That does not mean the weeds should not be uprooted. The timing for removing the weeds has to be spot on. Otherwise, we can cause significant damage to the harvest.

There will also be people who come into our lives as weeds. Yet we have to be careful about when and how we get rid of those people to prevent others from getting hurt by our decision. We have to be strategic and discerning in the way we relate to others to determine if they are wheat or weed. When dealing with weed-like people, we have to challenge them to act like wheat. We do so by setting high expectations and challenging them to live up to godly standards.

I’ve discovered that when people are challenged to reflect holiness or excellence, they either rise up to the occasion or they wither like grass. We have to expect the best from the people in our lives and be patient with those who are struggling to measure up to our expectations. And though we may be tempted to uproot the weeds that are infesting our garden, so to speak, we should be cautious and patient to avoid destroying the wheat we are cultivating with the weeds we want to uproot.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please teach us how to manage the weeds that have invaded our lives so we can reap a bountiful harvest.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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