Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 20, 2014
Seeds and weeds
The parable of the wheat and the tares reminds us of the power of God’s word when it is proclaimed throughout the world. It has a supernatural power to change the hearts of people and produce righteous results. It reminds us that there is an evil element within our world as well. This is the work of Satan himself. As the parable describes, this evil will come in various forms, many of which can be difficult to detect and even more difficult to remove later on.
The Lord taught us in this parable that it is sometimes better to nurture, care for, and strengthen the good seed than it is to focus on the weeds that have been planted. In this parable, if the workers had attempted to remove the weeds from the fields, they would have destroyed many good seeds, and the crop would have been diminished. This coexistence enabled the good seed to mature and produce a needed blessing for many.
This parable does not allow for the approval of evil that is in our world today. It does teach us that Satan is the great imitator and that his work can come in very deceptive forms. So at times our greatest defense to this deceptive attack is to maintain a strong offense. The Christian is called to spread the gospel of Christ. We are to be responsible to his kingdom by strengthening and edifying the church through all our spiritual gifts. The tragedy will come when the tares will receive his full attention at the appointed time.
Therefore, for the church, it is imperative we keep sowing the seed.
Tim Sapp, pastor, Advent Moravian Church,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina