“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, [when] I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn…”’
“The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace [where] there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Matthew 13:24-30;37-43
In this life we will always have opposition. While certain with hope for ultimate freedom from it, we’re called to thrive in the world where we are hated, opposed, and taunted by the evil one without giving in, being taken over, or being corrupted. This is our school of sanctification. It might be easier if we could just coexist among our own kind (when that kind is at its best) and avoid any prickles or rub, but we can know in the midst, the Lord guards His own with His word, joy, and prayer. (John 17:12-18)
Once sin entered the world, tares have been sown among good wheat, and no man can escape their chafe and pain. We must be aware of the enemy’s motives and alert to his wiles. He is vicious, conniving, and spry, constantly working against all that is good to bring division and despair. In our day, we can readily recognize his intent to steal, kill, and destroy contentment, fellowship, cooperation, reputations, and peace. (Genesis 3:15-19; 1 Peter 5:8)
But we must also remember the equal truth, that Jesus came to bring life abundant, here and now. He gives grace to live alongside the enemy, without being shaken, in the field of public discourse, when confronted with opposition, diversity of conviction, and cruel oppression. Greater is Jesus than the prince of this world, and He is on our side. What encouragement and fortitude do these truths impart? (John 10:10; Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 4:4; 1 John 4:4)
Lord, make me holy by, and among, the weeds You allow in my life. May I shine and grow where You have sown me.