My front lawn has weeds. Round dollar weeds spreading like wild-fire. We have to stay on top of them or they literally take over the grass.
The front garden has weeds, too. They mock me daily, drawing attention from the flowers. Sometimes they sprout yellow flowers to disguise themselves, thinking I won’t notice.
But I do. It’s fairly easy to tell the difference.
Jesus talked about weeds. A slightly different kind.
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.
The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 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’” (Matt 13:24-29 NIV).
Jesus was describing His reign and rule in our lives. He was describing the Kingdom of God. This parable (comparison) tells us many things, one take-away is that the Kingdom of God is growing in and among everything else.
The Kingdom is happening now – in us, His people.
Yes, it is a coming event where it’s full consumation is awaited and longed for – the Kingdom of heaven.
But let us live today like the good plants that we are, easily distinguishable by our leaves and markings from the crafty weeds growing nearby.
Let us be awake to and aware of the spiritual world operating around us. We are part of something really big, but are we living like it?
Ask the Lord to show you the weeds in your life so you can pull them out. Ask for eyes to see Jesus’s kingdom rule in your everyday life. He will. I promise.
It’s gonna be a great day!