Saturday: 28th July, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 13:25-30
Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
The parable of the wheat and tares which is presented to us in the Gospel reading of today is one rich in many beautiful lessons. Two jumped out at me as I read the text today.
The first of them is: ‘But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also’ (Mt 13:26). The one excuse we sometimes give for not living up to the very best of our God-given potential is because “we found ourselves in the wrong company and got corrupted”. That reason is a possibility and a very tangible one for that matter. However, in this parable, Jesus teaches us a new lesson: ‘the reality that even in the midst of tares, the wheat must never lose its ability to bear fruit.’ The believer must therefore not cease being one because they are in a ‘challenging’ environment.
Secondly, Matthew 13:30a ‘Let both grow together until the harvest’. The question was why the owner would want to risk competition between the wheat and tares up until harvest? In this verse, we are reminded of the believers inherent ability and capacity to withstand every assault and competition from tares in our midst. Jesus trusts that even in the face of stern competition, we will stand firm until harvest; because the decision to watch us grow in that environment, was made by Him, hence He has his eyes watching over.
These are deep revelations that ought to remind of who we are and whose we are. An identity we often forget- that in every environment, we are wheat, Wheat with fibrous roots extending deep into the soil, anchored to the rock called Jesus. That we are wheat that have the ability and capacity to bear fruit even in the midst of tares. That is who God has made us to be.
Remember # even in the midst of tares, the wheat must never lose its ability to bear fruit.