Matthew 13:24-25 Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
It may seem that the chief thing in our text, is to explain why there are weeds. And if it is helpful to know they come from the devil is explanation enough, at least we don’t seem to have people lobbying and demonstrating about weeds having a right to life nor are they protected as endangered species and I have yet to hear of a campaign to save the weeds. Where ever they are most folks can agree that the weeds just don’t belong. In fact, in spite of all we do, the weeds continue to flourish.
Which brings us to the topic of the text, why is it that the wicked seem to flourish? At least that is how it may appear, as the righteous and the wicked grow up side by side, like tares among the wheat. It has becomes such a problem that many good people are asking why they should continue to do what is right, when it seems there is no penalty for taking the easy way? After all the harvest seems to be quite distant, so much so that it is often forgotten. In fact when you consider how fast weeds grow, and how prolific weeds are, you might well think that they would take over the earth. Sometimes things can get so discouraging that you might feel like you were the wheat in the weed field. And that’s a real danger, for many these days find it hard not to do what every one else is doing. They call it peer pressure, and it is real, and it touches all our lives.
But returning to the text, lets look at it again, not so much as a picture of the world – but rather as a picture of us. God plants good seed, for God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. God plants seeds of faith that will grow up to lead us to everlasting life. And if God were the only one planting seeds, then everyone would grow up the same and together and be saved. For the good seed God plants has great power.
But the devil does not want anyone to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or to receive the forgiveness of sins, or to inherit eternal life. The devil doesn’t have the power to offer anything, except a share in the punishment he has earned by his rebellion against God – an everlasting punishment – sometimes we call it Hell. The devil also plants seeds – we call them temptations. They seek to choke out God’s good seed, they seek to bring us to destruction.
You may look at your life, and see you sins – and think all is lost – I’m a weed, I will perish. And your would perish, by yourself. But God sent his son, who comes to us and offers to make us a new creation. To take us sinners and make us saints. You see, no one is born a saint – rather we becomes a saint by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, when God working through the word works in us a new creation, we are born again, our sins are forgiven, a place is prepared for us in heaven.
From that point on, each day, we rise to our new life in Christ. Each day we feed upon the pure milk of the Word, and on the grace of God given for us for the forgiveness of our sins. Once we know who we are, and we remember the price that gave us this new life – we don’t even have to think about what to do – wheat grows to harvest, and is gathered in. It is God, whose good seed will see us to life everlasting – and so we encourage one another to remain steadfast and faithful. And we also encourage the good seed that God has planted in others, that they also may lay aside their old life, and rise to the new life which is theirs in Christ Jesus, that they to, believing may be saved.
Wheat doesn’t have to think about being wheat, it just lives as it is. So also, we who have this life in Christ do not have to think about doing good, or asking what it profits – for as the children of God we do all things to God’s glory.