“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.’ ””
Matthew 13:24-30 NIV
There is something so beautiful about this parable of the weeds . Jesus Christ explains some important lessons that we can apply to our Christian lives.
The one who sowed the seed is the Son of Man . The field is the world , and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom . The weeds are the people of the evil one and the enemy who sows them is the devil . The harvest is the end of age and the harvesters are angels.
1. The Sower
In this parable, there are two types of sowers , and our fate as people in the world depends on who our sower is . The seed of the Son of Man is a good and represents the people of the kingdom of God . These people believe in Jesus Christ and aim to follow Him and love Him with their lives . God wants us to be saved and to shine like the sun in the Kingdom of God. He also wants us to have everlasting life.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV
The other sower , the devil, represents everyone living in sin and unrighteousness and are opposed to the ways and precepts of God . His intention is to have us as far from God possible and as deep in sin as we enable . His plans for us are not good and His intention is to steal , kill and destroy our lives .
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV
2. The Situation
The situation in the parable of the sower is that the weeds and the good seeds were thriving together . In a similar manner , God has allowed the righteous and the righteous to thrive in this world.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Matthew 5:44-45 NIV
God , who is so merciful , sends rain on both the weeds and the wheat. He has also sent blessings on both the righteous and the unrighteous . It is a mistake for Christians to think that love and mercy should only be extended to other Christians and not unbelievers and those who persecute. The sower ,who is the Son of Man , never saw it fit to uproot the weeds and it is therefore definitely not our job to dismiss anyone from a chance at heaven. Instead of fighting about who is the better plant , or who was the first seed sown , our aim should be fixed on Jesus Christ , the ultimate judge at the end of our lives .
3. The Separation
At a point in our lives , like any dreaded examination day , there will be a day of harvest . This is where the wheat and the weeds will be separated. Hell is the final destination for those who chose to continue in unrighteousness and Heaven is the final destination for those who chose the path of righteousness through Jesus Christ .
Jesus Christ has given us all a chance to thrive in this world , but we have the decision of where our final destination will be !
Be blessed !