READ : Matthew 13:24-30
Let them both grow together until the harvest. (v. 30)
Years ago I got a phone call from a man who proceeded
to tell me that one of our church
members had a checkered past. This is putting it mildly.
After he told me the sordid
story, the man asked what I was going to do about it. I
said: “What do you want me to do,
bar the door on Sunday mornings when I see her coming?
This is a church and we want
sinners to come. Do hospitals forbid sick people from
coming?” As you might guess, it was
not the answer he wanted to hear.
That man on the phone was a weed puller. He wanted no
weeds in the wheat, no black
sheep in the flock. But how do you know when to pull a
weed? And how do you know what’s a
weed and what’s wheat? Appearances can deceive.
Granted, sometimes we are called on to make judgments
about good and evil, right and
wrong. But when we start pulling weeds in the church, we
run the risk of making judgments
that are beyond our competence. Far better to leave the
judging to God. “Do not pronounce
judgment before the time,” said the apostle Paul,
“before the Lord comes, who will bring
to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will
disclose the purposes of the heart” (1 Cor. 4:5).
The Father knows weeds from wheat, and he will judge
at the appointed time. The righteous he will gather and
keep forever, and the wicked will be “like chaff that
the wind drives away.”
Come, Lord Jesus, and gather your harvest. Amen.