“The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’
“‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.
“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.
“‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
Matthew 13:27-30, Holy Bible, New Living Translation
I think of successful farmers as those who plant, water, and weed until the crop is ready for harvest. That’s the way these laborers saw the field they tended. The farmer in the parable of Jesus saw it from different perspective. His concern was that the wheat could be damaged while removing the weeds. Because He cared about the tender wheat, He allowed both to grow together until maturity when they could be easily separated.
Prayer: Lord, I’m like these workers who wanted to pull out the weeds that grew among the good seed planted in the fields. This parable lets me see that your decision to wait until harvest time to separate the good from the bad in the body of Christ is not favoritism to the weeds. It is to protect the wheat. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore