I Want to be Wheat.

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Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:  (Psalms 26:9)

This is my prayer for 2017 – Lord, Gather not my soul with sinners, instead let my life bring only honor and glory to your name.  May it be a reflection of your Son’s light in this dark world, may I sow good seed in the field that brings forth much fruit not tares.  I want my  life be such that I am gathered to your barn, Lord, I want to be good wheat.  I pray this in your Son’s holy name, Amen!

The parable of the wheat and tares is one that I love it is filled with hope, the hope of being gathered to the Lord’s barn at the end of the age, the hope of sowing seeds for the kingdom.  But it is one that is frightening too.  It is very clear about the consequences of being gathered among the tares.  The very thought grieves my heart, the thought of so disappointing my Lord, my Savior, the one who gave his life for me.  I will live my life to honor the Lord, to praise Him and in such a way that I will not be burned up as tares.

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.  (Matthew 13:24-30)

You see the wheat and tares look very much the same, it’s hard to tell them apart until they are fully ripe and ready for harvest.  Unfortunately the same is often true of those who profess to be followers of Christ, often times they talk the talk, look and act like wheat but they don’t really walk the walk, they are just tares, but we can’t tell the difference so it’s best to let them both grow until maturity when it will become obvious which is which.  In this passage of Matthew we must skip forward a few verses to learn the explanation of this parable.  It behooves us to do so and not just think we have it all figured out.

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  (Matthew 13:36-37)

Jesus, himself is the sower of good seed.  It is only through and by him that any of us are born again into the kingdom of heaven.

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  (Matthew 13:38)

It is through the Holy spirit working in us that we are able to go out in the world (the field) and continue sowing seed, spreading the good news of Christ the Lord.

The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  (Matthew 13:39)

Here’s where it starts to get real.  Satan sows the tares, but he doesn’t sow then out right, out in the open.  Nope, he’s a liar, the great deceiver so instead he sneaks and sows the tares at night when we are sleeping.  He is crafty, making his tares look enticing, appealing, hoping  that it will overtake, overcome, subdue the wheat.  But if the wheat is true, pure, faithful, believing in Christ, trusting in God then it will flourish and survive in spite of the devil’s most cunning attempts to destroy it.  And one day, possibly very soon, Jesus will send angels to harvest the field at the end of the age.  This is spoken of in the following passages in Revelation.

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  (Revelation 14:15)

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  (Revelation 20:12)
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  (Revelation 20:13)

As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  (Matthew 13:40-42)

The angels will gather those who belong to this world, who are not true followers of Christ, they are usually followers of themselves.  The may attend church and act like wheat, look like it even, but the angels will know right off which is which  and they will gather and bind the pretenders before passing among the wheat reaping the true harvest of saint unto the Lord.

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  (Matthew 3:12)

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  (Revelation 14:15)

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:12-15)

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.  (Matthew 13:43)

 

I want to be among the righteous that shine forth as the sun in God’s kingdom.  I want to be wheat.

Won’t you join me, commit today to be wheat for the kingdom of heaven!

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