Define Christian – Wheat Among Weeds is a reality check for the Christian. We don’t live in a perfect world. There are people around us who don’t share our faith, how can we interact with them?
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.’”
You and I are servants not harvesters. Jesus tells us in his explanation of the parable that the angels are the harvesters. Last week we remembered that our job is to cast the seed yelling – Oh, what of that?! And what of that! Tell everyone who is vertical and taking nourishment. The angels longed to see how God would spread the gospel; the privilege is ours.
If we fast forward to the Last Day, when God will judge the end of the world, the angelic harvesters will separate the weeds from the wheat. 41 They will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. How pathetic, right? No, how sad.
My fellow Christian, when we see others and see only sin, it is a small step for Satan to twist our logic on ourselves. On the Last Day when all stand before the throne of God and he looks at you, will he say, “How pathetic?” Not only do you do evil but you cause others to sin. Will he say, “You are fit for the fires of hell?” Will you melt into a pathetic heap when the glory of the Lord appears?
How do your fruits compare to the rest of the world? All too often we look even more pathetic than some unbelievers. Satan uses this fact of our sinful lives to send us into despair.
On the Last Day when God appears he will look at us he will see our pathetic lives, but he’ll take us to heaven anyway for Jesus sake. It is his death that makes us holy – not our imperfect performance.
Want to hear more? Watch this week’s message taken from Matthew 13 – the first in our summer sermon series Define Christian – Wheat Among Weeds.
Series: Define Christian
Tag(s): Last Day
Speaker(s): Fred Guldberg