My mother has a green thumb. I did not inherit the green thumb, though sometimes I sure wish I had! Some of her plants are called “variegated“, which basically means two plants are taken and “mutated” together to form a plant that has two colors varied throughout. They are not a “pure” plant species, but rather two merged together. I wonder if in the Christian life, we have merged with the world and become quite variegated ourselves, to the point where our beauty is no longer on display for the world to see.
Jesus begins addressing the people in the form of parables to help them begin to turn their focus off of everyone else, off of the externals, and onto their own hearts. Jesus wants people to know what it is like to live, what kind of heart we must develop while living in the Kingdom of Heaven, HERE on earth. Yesterday, Jesus addressed with us the soil of our hearts. Have our hearts become callous? Shallow? Overcome with the worries of this world? Or are our hearts open to receive the seed of His truth, to then, give it away?
The Parable Of The Weeds
As we dive deeper into Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the weeds. The “good seed” are the people of the Kingdom, that God has planted in this world (Jesus calls the world, a “field“). You are that seed. If you know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, then God has scattered you in this world to be salt and light, drawing others to Him. He wants us making a difference wherever we go. That’s why Jesus said that those seeds grow “wheat“, a harvest, they bear fruit that grows, feeds, and nourishes others. The “wheat” immediately becomes Satan’s battleground where he scatters the “weeds“, the lost, the possessed, and the deceived, into the “field“, while the “wheat” is distracted, lulled to sleep, not alert, or taken off guard. Please be aware that the “weeds” can also be people who profess to be children of the kingdom and outwardly even look the part, but they are not.
The man leaves the weeds among the wheat. Why? Because in uprooting the weeds, you might uproot the wheat. “Let them grow together“. Why? I’d like to suggest that perhaps God leaves us all together to grow us so that 1) those who don’t truly have a relationship with Jesus can find one, and 2) those who do, will grow in areas of their lives by the “struggles” with those around them who don’t believe and don’t live as the Lord would desire. Maybe the more weeds around you, the more rooted you become. But the caution is this: are you allowing the weeds to infiltrate your life, making your roots weak, or are you allowing the weeds to strengthen your faith and build within you stronger roots?
KINGDOM LIVING REMAINS STRONGLY ROOTED IN THE MIDST OF WEEDS
THAT ATTEMPT TO CHOAK IT OUT
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
The Parable Of The Mustard Seed and the Yeast
The mustard seed is so small but grows into the largest tree. So much so, that other creatures can live within its branches. This mustard seed represents Christians. You may think you are small and insignificant, but this Scripture says otherwise! What you do matters…big time! Yeast never represents anything but evil in the Bible. It more than likely means false doctrine, beliefs that do not align with the Word of God. The Pharisees were always trying to force the externals. The Sadducees denied the Holy Spirit. The Herodians were okay with professing a religion, but remained incredibly worldly. This was the yeast that was being mixed within the “flour”, or the true teachings of the Scriptures, working its way all through the dough. Here’s a question for you today: Do you have a yeast infection?
KINGDOM LIVING RECOGNIZES THE IMPACT THEIR LIFE CAN MAKE AND GUARDS THEMSELVES FROM GETTING MIXED UP WITH WHAT MIGHT RUIN IT
“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”” Matthew 17:20
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
The Parable Of The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
Jesus sees us as His treasure, given to Him by Father God. We are His inheritance as God’s Son and we are His joy. You are a delight to Jesus. Your relationship with Him brings Him GREAT joy! SO much so, that Jesus gave everything He had to get you! He gave His life! Here’s a question for you: do you see the Kingdom of Heaven so valuable that it is worth selling off everything you have in order to possess it?
KINGDOM LIVING IS WORTH GIVING YOUR LIFE FOR!
“For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 WE ARE HIS JOY!
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8
Holy Spirit, develop our hearts. Purify our hearts; so that there is no variegation anywhere within. In Jesus’ name.