- He’s been lied about.
- He’s been laugh at.
- He’s been considered a phony.
- He’s deserved every dismissal.
Satan isn’t your friend. Stop believing lies.
Are you fearful of death?
Are you afraid to live?
What will make your life complete?
What’s on your bucket list?
What if checking off whatever is on your bucket list isn’t substantially gratifying?
Then what would be most satisfying to you?
May I propose that the most rewarding activity you can do for yourself is getting to know Jesus as your Savior and Friend?
It’s just an idea
Still, what if this proposal offers you a live happy/die happy item for your bucket list?
The rain finally stopped. The sun reappeared and warmed us. Our breathing was labored because of the sticky air. We stood at the highest part of the hill in our wet and worn work clothes scanning the field of wheat.
Afflicted by what I saw my heart hurt as my eyes surveyed my crop—healthy weeds were poking up everywhere! What could I do? Anything? Nothing? How would I protect my young wheat?
“This is the devil’s work,” my hired man, Ernie, said as he wiped sweat from his brow.
I didn’t disagree because experience had taught me that there might be something to this opinion. I wrung my gritty gloves between my hands. Then I asked, “So whadda ya think, what do I do, pull up the weeds?”
Ernie placed his left thumb on his left nostril and blew snot from the right side of his nose before asking, “What if that harms the wheat?”
“Hmm, yeah what if …” I said, “You may have something there.”
“Maybe the best thing to do is to leave the weeds grow with the wheat. Then when the wheat’s ready for harvest we’ll first gather the weeds and get rid of them.” Ernie is a smart farmer.
“Yeah maybe that’s what we oughta do.” I pondered whether the weeds had value? It didn’t seem they did. They just interfered with the maturation process of the wheat, didn’t they? Still, what if the weeds were somehow useful to the process? Could weeds make the wheat hearty, more determined to thrive?
Considering the facts
What are the facts? Here are the Matthew 13:24-30 facts: 1) good seeds were scattered in the field. 2) while everyone slept an enemy came to the field and spread weed seed. 3) As the wheat ripened the weeds were detected. 4) The dilemma: what to do about the weeds? Pull them or leave them? 5) The weeds are left to grow with the wheat. 6) Then the plan at harvest is to bundle and burn the weeds. 7) Afterward the wheat is successfully collected and preserved.
Coming to a conclusion
Can good (wheat) and evil (weeds) coexist? If so, how? Is one useful to the other? Do they need each other? Perhaps weeds serve a purpose. Consequently, maybe the best security for the wheat is to not eliminate the weeds. Try this, sit in the silence and reflect on your state of affairs. Ask, “what does Jesus desire to do in my situation?” Choice, momentarily ignore the weeds or uproot them now? Is it possible to preserve the wheat by temporarily suspending destruction of the weeds? It’s a dilemma isn’t it? But Jesus is an astute farmer. You can trust him.
Greg & Janna Long “In the Waiting” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQD7_pit9xI)
Christina Tarlev “Maybe” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKDOpALiLRc)
Avalon “Everything to Me” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koIwuGcMiz0)