Edited by Cheyenne Cheng
Written by Steven Spear, Jr.
In Matthew 13:24-30, there is wheat growing in a field. A servant notices that tares (weeds) are growing with the wheat. The servant offers to pull up the tares, but the master says, “No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them” (v. 29). When young, tares look similar to wheat, and it is impossible to differentiate between tares and weak wheat. The weak wheat still needs time to grow so the servant must wait until the master calls for the harvest.
The Bible is filled with people who looked like tares but were just weak wheat that God was still growing: Moses killed an Egyptian and ran into the wilderness, but God turned him into one of the greatest leaders of the Old Testament; David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered Uriah, her husband, but God called David “a man after mine own heart”; Peter denied Jesus three times, but God groomed him to lead the Church in its early days.
I am sure that many people thought that these men should be removed from their positions and be disqualified from leading spiritually. Man may have been ready to wash their hands with Moses, David, and Peter, but God was just getting started.
When we see people giving into sin and evil rising up in the world, we must tolerate it, but that does not mean that we just sit on the sidelines. As Christians, we have a special responsibility to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). This means that we have to give biblical advice like Jethro did for Moses; we have to be willing to confront others on their sin like Nathan did for David; and, like Jesus did for Peter, we must speak the Truth into peoples’s lives so that it can convict their hearts.
According to Isaiah 55:9-11, God thinks and works His will on a level that we cannot understand, and we are assured that God’s efforts will always fulfill His intentions. We have to pray for His will to be revealed to us, and be ready for our assignments when they come.
Charles, HB. (2016, May 25). Wednesday Mid-Week Service. Retrieved from http://shiloh.church/