“No,” he said. “When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.”
Matthew 13 tells the story of a man who planted good seed in his field, but an enemy came at night and sowed weeds in the field to choke out the harvest. Instead of removing the weeds when they began to sprout, the man decided to wait until harvest to remove them. The kingdom of God can be compared to this.
When weeds begin to sprout, they may closely resemble wheat. Even though an experienced eye could recognize the difference, the man did not want to take any chances. His intention was to protect the harvest. At full growth, weeds would be very distinguishable from wheat. His reapers would then gather the weeds, tie them up, and burn them. The wheat was to be stored in his barn for future use.
While God has planted good seed in the earth to grow His harvest, the enemy has certainly planted weeds to choke out the wheat. God will allow these weeds to grow among His people until harvest time comes, when the two will be very distinguishable. At that time, His reapers will gather the weeds for destruction, and His wheat will be stored for use.
Are you being choked by weeds today? If so, realize that their time is near. God will not allow them to continue at harvest time. Whatever is not the good seed He has planted in your life will eventually be gathered and burned. What He has planted, however, will grow to fruition and be stored with what is valuable. While you may have to tolerate weeds for a short while, your time of separation is inevitable! Don’t become entangled with the weeds. Flourish and grow distinctly among them. In doing so, you are marking yourself out for future use.
Have a blessed day!