24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Matthew 13:24-30, NKJV
Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
As we look at the Scripture shown from Matthew 13, we have to marvel at the profound and yet simple teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every farmer and gardener understand the difficulty of dealing with weeds, but how would we feel is an enemy purposely sowed weeds into our fields?
In the parable shown above, Christ is comparing the kingdom of heaven like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while he slept his enemy sowed tares, or weeds, among his wheat.
To what is the Lord Jesus referring? Jesus is speaking of life in the world in which we live. It has pleased God to allow His children (the kingdom of heaven) to live in a world filled with those who are unbelievers and who hate God.
The servants of the owner asked why the owner did not allow them to go out into the field and pull out the tares that were sown among the wheat. What answer did the owner give?
“No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
What a wonderful reminder to us to deal gently with the servants of God. Many believers are like those stalks of wheat that have been compromised by the tares. Indeed, all Christians are like those stalks of wheat. We do not have the power in and of ourselves to successfully live this Christian life. We succeed only by the power of God.
Yet, God is patient and long-suffering with us, for He realized how greatly we are affected by the world in which we live. However, it will not always be this way!
A time is coming when Christ will say, “No more!” Time will cease and the day of salvation will be gone. At that time, (the time of the harvest), God, who knows the hearts of every single man, woman, and child, will instruct His angels to gather the tares—those who never became believers—and put them in bundles to be burned. Then, the true believers will be gathered together and taken to heaven to live with the Lord forever.
The question we must each ask ourselves is, “Am I wheat or am I a tare?” This has nothing to do with our outward actions and everything to do with our hearts. In our heart of hearts, do we love the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore seek to live for Him and honor Him? How important it is, while the day of salvation is still at hand, to fall before the Lord Jesus Christ and cry out to Him for salvation.
Only in Christ can we be saved. It matters not if we are great in the eyes of those in this world. It only matters where we stand before God, Himself, who knows the innermost secrets of our hearts.
As you think of this parable of the wheat and the tares, go to Christ now! He is the way, the truth, and the life!
God Bless You,