24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
The last devotional came from the parable of the sower and emphasized the need to wrestle for the souls of those who hear the gospel. In this parable, Jesus emphasizes the enemy of our souls with greater clarity. We who know and love the gospel of Jesus Christ seek to plant the seed of the gospel into the hearts of those we know and those we don’t know. We care for their souls by planting the gospel seed into their lives. Satan, the great enemy of the souls of men, plants seeds of weeds and tares into the very same souls. As the seed of the gospel grows in the lives of men and women, they will find that those into whose souls the tares were sown are going to struggle against them their whole Christian lives. Some who hear the gospel will reject it and receive the seeds of Satan instead.
For a while, the wheat and tares grow together and you cannot tell them apart. But before long, the core of who they are becomes very clear and God’s children can be seen to be different from the seed of Satan. Let me make a clarifying point here: Satan does not care about anyone; Satan only cares to damn souls away from God. Satan may come across as a good drinking buddy or a good fishing buddy, or a friend at work who just seems to have it together, but Satan’s goal has nothing to do with people having a good time, no, his end game is damnation. So when Satan sows seeds of weeds and tares into people’s lives, he is sowing seeds of destruction. At the end of this parable, the tares are gathered and burned. Do not be deceived by Satan’s smile, his end is your destruction.
As we care for the souls of those around us, remember this, in God’s field of this world, tares can become wheat, lost people can be saved, evil people can become righteous, and Satan’s children can be adopted into God’s family. We long to see the tares of this world be transformed by the grace and love of God. Pray today for someone you know who needs to be saved and ask God how you can sow the seed of the gospel into their life.
This Sunday there are two events taking place at church. We will be having a cake reception for Pastor Bill and Kit, thanking them for their years of service here. (While we will try to get them back for Sunday services, it is going to get harder to do so now that they live in Rolling Meadows.) Please bring a card with a written testimony of how they have ministered to you or a memory you have of them. At this point in their lives a written comment is better than a spoken one.
After the reception, we, as a church, will gather again in the East Room and have a church meeting looking forward to the future of the church. These meetings are going to be important for the decisions that need to be made in the very near future. Your input in these meetings is vital.
Saturday morning is our men’s prayer breakfast at 7:30 at Denny’s. Join us for an hour of food, Word, prayer and fellowship.
Saturday afternoon we are having Stefani’s graduation party here at the house. All are invited. If you have time on Friday to help with setup, we could use your help.
Have a great day in the Lord,