Google+ 01/16/14 Growth Requires Cultivation!

Matthew 13:24-30

 

Here is another story Jesus told:

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field.

But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat,

Then slipped away.

When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

“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.’”

 

In part eight of our ten-part devotion entitled, "Whither or Grow...Our Choice!" Matthew relates another of Jesus's parables to us.  There is often a lack of understanding about how to "tend" to God's Kingdom.  While many churches and Christians do nothing to grow God's Kingdom here on earth, there are many that do.  They go and plant new "seeds" in fertile soil.  There is a natural expectation that these wonderful, new "seeds" will grow to prosperity, because they have been planted properly.  If we don't cultivate and monitor their growth, we will find that they are consumed with "weeds" as they grow.  How could this happen?  The simplest answer for all of us to understand is that "weeds" like fertile soil too!  "Weeds" will flourish in this environment.  They will grow and choke out the very "seeds" that we have planted.  If we are not careful, God tells us that we will not be able to remove the "weeds," as they will be so intertwined with the young plants that we would kill both entities if we tried to remove them.  The obvious goal is to remove them before they sprout and grow.  The problem is that we often don't even know they are there.  Satan plants these "weeds" so subtlety that we will miss them if we do not tend to God's fields every day.  That's why God declares that we should "disciple."  Checking on our "fields" and "seeds" every day is an absolute necessity.  Ultimately, our Scripture tells us what will happen to un-attended weeds.  When the harvest is taken, they will be separated from the wheat and burned.  That's what happens when the process becomes desperate.  We can stop many of these "weed" infiltrations.  Be vigilante.  Be on the lookout for "plants" we don't recognize.  Use the Word of God to separate these "weeds" before they take over the entire field.  Realize that Satan will sneak into the field at night and plant his own seeds.  Watch for it and be careful.  "Growing Requires Cultivation!"