Scripture: Matthew 13:36-43 [NLT]
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 13:36-43, New King James Version)
Observation: (What do you see and hear when you read this scripture?)
I see Jesus giving both his disciples and us a warning for the days to come. It is a matter of the heart and our hearts are an open book to God. Never think that you can fool Him by pretending to be wheat, but also know that if you stop pretending and become “either hot or cold”, you will be in a place where God can work with you. It is only when we think we are “okay” that we are not. Pretending can only fool other people and sometimes even ourselves, but it can never fool our God who can see all things.
Apply: (How can I apply this to my life?)
I need to get real with God. It is a requirement for that deep relationship with Him…it can lead to real repentance and real change. Pretending is like putting makeup on a wound. It may have covered it up and everything looks okay, but the reality is that there is still an unhealed wound.
This is what makes God so amazing…you can come to Him just as you are. He wants it that way. Don’t try to pretend to be something else, because that is only an attempt to win or earn your way to reward.
Prayer: (Let God know what your thinking)
I am weak, you are strong. I need your strength in so many ways. I don’t need to write them out here because You know what they are. Please help me with my weaknesses. Help me to be an overcomer in Your strength.
Be with my family, help them to be safe and to follow You. Help them to have a burning desire to know You more.
In Jesus name, Amen.