Thursday, March 25, 2010

What about the Weeds? (Radio / Podcast)

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-40

The field is the world not the church. Wheat and weeds together doesn't mean we must let them grow in the church but in the world. When we look at all the instances where it is mentioned, we discover that the kingdom of God refers to both the King’s dominion, which is all of creation (and where it is sometimes questioned, for now), and His special domain that His children are under, and will be “in” when in heaven, and where His reign is not questioned, the church.

When Christ comes again He will separate the wheat and the tares, the sheep and the goats. God allowing both to grow together means that the tares, the goats, are not finally judged yet. The wheat and the tares live side by side in a composite human society, for now, and God’s people live as a subset of that, until Jesus comes again. Christians are in the world but not of it. They are not supposed to try and dominate society or isolate from society.

Give a person power and you will see who they are come into focus. Many of our troubles come because we elevate a person who is a tare into a leadership position and they lose a sense of humility after a while. Money = power in some instances, they feel like it gives them sway, influence, ability to do what they want without reprise, extra room to be obnoxious. Their real self comes to the fore, etc., they don’t have to be careful and they let their guard come down. Then we see the weed start to grow.

“Living For Today With An Eye For Tomorrow”©


Even So... said...

Eat your wheaties, or cut the "weedies"?

Even So... said...

What about the "weeds" in your own heart?