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Weed Pulling!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 13:24-26

"Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.’"

Yesterday I wrote about “Seed Sowing,” and tomorrow it will be “Harvest Reaping.” In between these two is the distressing subject of “Weed Pulling.” It is a subject that I wish did not exist—but it does.

Yesterday I confessed that my skills at growing things are extremely lacking. Weeds, on the other hand, seem to occur without effort. In fact they flourish without any preparation or care.

We once owned a home with over two acres of lawn. As I sat on the riding lawnmower looking down at the grass, I noticed something. The dandelions grew much easier than the grass. They would turn from a pretty yellow flower into an ugly white ball of fluff. The wind would catch these balls and little “parachute like” seedlings would drift along and start new plants. (Why couldn’t my garden plants grow so easily?!)

How can we relate this to a spiritual application? Jesus did just that in today’s Scripture. He did so by sharing a parable—a story with spiritual meaning. In this parable, Jesus spoke about weeds that had intentionally been sown in with good seeds of grain. The weeds had been sown by an enemy.

I wish that the weeds in our lives were always sown by our enemies. The fact of the matter is that all too often our friends or family members sow weeds in our lives. They do this by encouraging us to compromise with the Word of God.

It is quite common for people to ignore the pure seed of the Word of God. They impose their own desires on modes of living and try to justify it. Not only are they guilty of some sin, but they are sowing weeds in the minds of others who justify their own actions by what they see the other person doing.

How are we to deal with the weeds that we find all around us? I think the answer is given by Jesus later on in this parable. Here is what He said in Matthew 13:30: “Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into My barn.'"

It is possible that when we try to pull weeds that we may also destroy the good crop. We need to warn people who are living in sin that there is a day of reckoning coming, but then we need to leave the matter in God’s hands.

Please understand that we are not to excuse sin and violation of God’s Word, but sometimes we can get so violent in the way we deal with sin, that we may be guilty of our own attitudes and actions. In Ephesians 4:26 Paul says this; “In your anger do not sin"

Let me sum up yesterday and today’s teaching: We are to sow good seed and become God’s good seed by dying to ourselves. We are to tell the Lord about the weeds we see others sowing, warn those who sow them about what lies ahead for them and then leave it to the Lord to bring judgment.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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